Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

Weblinks for Sustaining the variety of life on Earth

News items about biodiversity

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/sci_tech/green_room/default.stm
Opinion articles about environmental issues on BBC web site

Natural History Museum London site has interesting articles and links to other relevant sites, including information on 2010 the UN International Year of Biodiversity
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/biodiversity/index.html

The origins of biodiversity, evolution and extinctions

Discovery channel mass extinctions
http://dsc.discovery.com/earth/wide-angle/mass-extinctions-timeline.html

Animation showing how a fossil is formed and later found http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/fossil/9to12/intro.html

Recording biodiversity

Two articles on how new mapping technique offers hope for Madagascan wildlife.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/apr/11/conservation.wildlife?gusrc=rss&feed=science

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7342411.stm

A New Scientist article on how ocean biodiversity has been ignored in comparison with land habitats.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19826511.700-ocean-biodiversity-depths-of-ignorance.html

A New Scientist article on a new Madagascan wildlife map that reveals species hotspots
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13654-madagascan-wildlife-map-reveals-species-hotspots.html

‘Barcoding’ life, an explanation of how the use of quite short DNA sequences can be used to identify different species
http://phe.rockefeller.edu/barcode/

The Encyclopedia of Life, an international project to record biodiversity,
http://www.eol.org/

The census of marine life is a 10 year project with the aim of assessing and explaining the diversity of life in the seas. Wonderful pictures as well as links to research papers.
http://www.coml.org/

The value of biodiversity to humans

International debate education association for an online debate on whether we should preserve endangered species.
http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/topic_details.php?topicID=10

The Millenium Ecosystem Assessment reports on Ecosystems and Human well-being
http://www.maweb.org/documents/document.356.aspx.pdf

Greenfacts has a useful summary of the Millennium ecosystem services report
http://www.greenfacts.org/en/ecosystems/

A very informative set of articles on the science of ecosystems and on their value to humans from Nature Scitable, provided as a resource for students
http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/ecology-102?nlp=16482972&nlpTrkUsp=7965444

Threats to biodiversity

Natural England on the threats to biodiversity, including detailed analyses of different threats in the report ‘State of the Natural Environment’ http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/biodiversity/threats/default.aspx

Environment Agency: Invasive species
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/wildlife/31350.aspx

A summary of biodiversity numbers and the varied threats to biodiversity - from the University of Michigan
http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange2/current/lectures/biodiversity/biodiversity.html

Ways of sustaining biodiversity

Conservation international’s biodiversity hotspots page.
http://www.biodiversityhotspots.org/xp/Hotspots/hotspotsScience/Pages/default.aspx

A science daily article arguing about the limits of the biodiversity hotspot approach to wildlife conservation.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/12/061212091649.htm

The Gerald Durrell Trust an organisation working to save species from extinction
http://www.durrell.org/

The Millennium Seedbank
http://www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst/garden-attractions-A-Z/Millennium-Seed-Bank.htm

Food and agriculture organisation of the United Nations is promoting sustainable agriculture
http://www.fao.org/

World Resources Institute, an international environmental think tank, with support from a range of industries.
http://www.wri.org/ecosystems

The Arkive website provides photos and videos of endangered species, plus teaching resources on conservation and evolution.
http://www.arkive.org/

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We will add to this list as we find more resources. Please tell Maja Melendez if you find any that you want to share.