The University of Adelaide's Jennifer Gardner and Marian McDuie explain how they developed software to measure how much trees contribute to the environment, improving air quality, removing carbon from the atmosphere, and reducing soil erosion.
When people talk about climate change, it can be a bit confusing as far as what that means and what causes it. The main culprit is greenhouse gases, which occur naturally but due to human involvement, a lot more have been released. What are the consequences and how can we reverse them
Microplastics make up the vast majority of plastic on the planet and they can pose a real threat to ocean life that mistake the little specks of plastic for food. As we discover the effect this can have on the fish and other sea creatures consuming the microplastic, it becomes clear the impact of this pollution is far reaching and we have a responsibility to make some changes.
The Cane Toad is an introduced animal, meaning that it's not native to Australia, and for this reason it's actually having quite a negative impact on several other animals. Find out how scientists are trying to slow down the negative affects that the cane toad is having on other Australian wildlife.
Stacey gives us all another think about what art is, and how to create it! She talks with Christine Holden, an environmental artist who uses only recycled materials in her work and especially targets marine debris. Items such as fishing nets, fishing line, lures, sinkers, pieces of thong, tennis balls ... as long as it's safe and nontoxic. We feel part of a classroom experience in which Christine has the young students construct a big sea turtle all to promote environmental awareness and fun!
The Great Barrier Reef is known for its great beauty and is depicted in films like Finding Nemo full of colourful, vibrant ocean life. As we look towards the future, coral bleaching and other effects of climate change are a real concern and this video addresses them as well as possible solutions for the future.
Mangroves are the home to many different animals and sea creatures and play the crucial role of protecting coastlines against erosion during big storms. Unfortunately, due to the impact of climate change, mangroves are under threat and as we're taught all of the important roles mangroves play in nature, we also reflect on how important it is to preserve them for the future.
Today, Alex reports on controlled burns in the bushland. We learn it's a twopronged rejuvenation process to protect our native flora. Disproportionate growth of some tall trees blocks the sunlight needed, while fallen leaves smother new native growth. Burnt down to ash, the forest floor turns to fertile soil!
Talia is passionate about orangutans and wants to protect them but the massive palm oil industry is quickly taking over their home in the rainforest. Find out what she's doing to help ensure the orangutans continue to thrive despite losing so much of their home.
Animal keeper Jacob Emerson explains how Seaworld cares for injured seabirds, reveals the kind of objects that humans discard that pose a risk to marine life, and describes some of the successes of the rehab program.
For turtles, gender is decided by the temperature of an egg rather than by genes, which means that turtles are one animal being noticeably effected by climate change. Scientists have noticed an increase in the number of girl turtles being born and are exploring what they can do to slow down this trend and what impact it may have down the line.
Oceans aren't as silent as you might think, they're filled with a whole host of marine murmurings! But that might soon change. Associate Professor Ivan Nagelkerken and Professor Sean Connell from the University of Adelaide are studying what affect pollution has on these nautical noises.
Stacey chats with Tom Coughlin, FBA operations manager. She notes that farms hundreds of kilometres inland still affect the sea, and are connected to the Great Barrier Reef. Tom explains the impact of a herd of cows walking the same track down to the creek, to drink each day. A look into the daily life of farmers Steve, Claire, and their kids practising sustainable farming leaves the viewer with great hopes for the Australian ecology!
Though much of the whaling industry has been shut down by international laws, Japan has found a loophole that allows them to kill whales for research and then sell what's left over as food. It's an important industry for the country and the attempt to shut it down has sparked much debate, which this video examines.
Whales and dolphins are some of the most interesting creatures on the planet. But when they die, they often wash up along our coast. And when that happens, Catherine Kemper from the South Australian Museum gets the call!
Did you know that waves in the ocean can be used to generate electricity The energy produced by waves can be harnessed using some called the wave energy generator. It's a pretty handy invention but there are a few reasons why it may now enjoy widespread use anytime soon.
Kids leave technology, electricity and all of their devices behind for a week to cut down on the amount of energy that their classroom uses. They head outside for class and begin to see just how much they rely on electricity in daily life and think about how they may cut down on their use in the future.
With a new target in sight for the amount of carbon emissions in Australia, many are discussing why it's so important to reduce our carbon footprint while others caution that moving too fast could have a negative impact on the economy.
What happens if through climate change or other events, certain foods and plants become less scarce or disappear altogether Well, there is one system set in place, a special bank filled with seeds to help preserve these foods and plants regardless of what may occur.
You may have heard the weatherman refer to the weather systems El Nino and La Nina, but what do those terms actually mean Find out the difference between the two, why they occur and the patterns that can be expected when one comes to town.
We all know that bees make honey but you might be surprised just how much food we eat that is made possible, in part, because of bees. The bee population faces a new threat and students are joining many others to help protect them because a problem for bees is a problem for us and a threat to the food we consume.
Australia is one of many countries that has taken a stake in Antarctica, committed to using its land to research and learn more about things like climate change. For example, using special tools, scientists can study a piece of ice and understand more about past climate conditions. However, due to a shortage of funds, Australia has run into some problems with its research and many are working to find a solution for the future.
New technology has allowed for bigger fishing companies to collect more fish at once, even if sometimes their hauls are so big that they're actually illegal. Because of some of these practices, others are discovering a shortage of fish in Palau and police are working to crack down on illegal operations so that everyone has a chance to catch fish for their businesses.
Some people travel to places like Africa just to hunt exotic animals for no other reason than to keep its head as a trophy. Is this right Many have strong feelings against this practice known as trophy hunting while there are some surprising arguments from the other side over why it can be good for local economies and even conservation efforts.
Bushfire is a natural part of our bushland environment but can have a devastating effect on people's lives. This program shows how to assess your property's vulnerability to bushfires and how to prepare before the bushfire season. It also explains measures you can take if a fire is approaching, how you should react if caught in a bushfire and what to do once the fire has passed.
In the last hundred years, heatwaves have caused more deaths in Australia than any other natural hazard. This program shows how you can minimise the harmful effects of heatwave by providing practical advice about what to wear, eat and drink and where to go if affected. The program also explains how to keep your environment as cool as possible and the steps you should take if someone is suffering from heat-related illness.
Life is full of opportunities to learn new things, no matter what your age. Explore these videos as part of Community Colleges Australia's lifelong learning programs and enrich your knowledge of the world.
It's no surprise that sharks are feared, but scientists will say these apex predators are also misunderstood. Help your students come to understand them better and get to know the different types in our oceans.
Asteroids, sometimes called minor planets, are rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Find out how they reshaped the Earth here. (ACSSU115, ACSSU153, ACSSU180, ACSSU188)
Capture students’ interest and find out what they think they know about how living things, such as small animals. Make their playground experience more meaningful with this curated playlist. (ACSSU017,ACSSU211,VCSSU042,VCSSU043,VCSSU057)
Living things live in all different types of habitats. In this playlist, you'll learn what a habitat is and the different types of habitats there are, along with which animals reside in each of the habitats. (ACSSU044,ACSSU072,ACSSU073,ACSSU043,ACSSU094,VCSSU042,VCSSU043,VCSSU057)
Natural Disasters aren't fun to have around. Find out the science behind these events as well as gain insights on what to do in tough situations through this selected playlist. (ACSSU096,VCSSU079,VCGGK095)
Australia is addressing climate change and ensuring energy security and affordability. Find out more about the effects of climate change and how it is impacting your life. ((ACHGK020,VCGGK110,VCGGK147)
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Attenborough, explore Kakadu's Mountford rock art, peek inside the micro-worlds of the Galapagos, and be awed by the Great Wall of China when exploring the world's heritage sites.