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An Evergreen Island, 2000: Coconut diesel

This clip shows how the people of Bougainville, an island to the east of the Papua New Guinea mainland, produce diesel oil from coconuts. Over scenes of people collecting coconuts from trees, de-husking the nut, separating the flesh from the shell, fermenting it in old refrigerators and extracting the oil, a narrator describes ...

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Now you're cooking with biogas!

Biogas is a renewable form of energy. In India, it's being made from cow dung and is contributing to the improved wellbeing of the nation's poorest communities. See how the use of appropriate technology can help to break the cycle of poverty.


Terrestrial data

This is a collection of 7 digital curriculum resources that allows students to consider and interrogate terrestrial ecosystem data related to the flow of matter and energy. The resources are datasets that provide students with an opportunity to pose their own investigative questions, for example relating to data on land ...


Renewable energy

This collection of 22 digital curriculum resources is arranged into five sections: renewable and non-renewable energy resources; solar energy; wind energy; biofuels; and tidal energy. It contains learning objects, images, videos and a PowerPoint presentation. Resources investigating the advantages and disadvantages of a ...


Diet of the barn owl, 'Tyto alba': dataset

This article from an academic science journal reports on the diet of the barn owl ('Tyto alba') near Lake Frome in arid South Australia. The article includes a data table showing details of the diet of the barn owl at three sites in arid north-eastern SA. The table contains information about the weight of a number of species ...

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Fuels: biofuels part 1: producing bioethanol - practical activity

This practical activity is a class experiment in which bioethanol is produced. It provides student instructions and teacher guidelines. Some student groups collect the gas produced in the fermentation reaction in a balloon, and are challenged to work out a way to determine its approximate volume; the remaining groups test ...


Sustainable energy

This collection is built around a core group of 13 digital curriculum resources on the themes of energy, renewable energy and ocean acidification, and includes 9 supporting digital resources cited in the core group. The core resources are inquiry-based practical activities for students, which explore energy transfers and ...


Landline - Ethanol Special, 2006: Kicking the oil habit

This clip shows the USA and Brazil's commitment to use ethanol to fuel motor vehicles. The clip opens with scenes in some US states where the addition of ethanol is mandatory, followed by 2006 footage of President Bush announcing increases in funding for ethanol research to the US Congress. The clip then switches to Brazil, ...


James Whitlow Delano on palm oil and deforestation in Malaysia

This is a website from the Asia Society that features two short films, a slide presentation and text information with hyperlinks, provided by James Whitlow Delano, on the impact of deforestation and palm oil plantations on the ancient rainforest environments and ecosystems of Sarawak, Malaysia. The narrated films document ...

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Algae farming: producing biofuel from algae

Did you know it's possible to make fuel from algae? Watch this clip to find out why the Pilbara region in Western Australia is considered an ideal location for an algae biofuel production plant. Discover what is required to make it a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels.


Renewable energy

Humans have used fossil fuels since around 1000 BC but our natural resources are ever-decreasing. There's never been a more important time to learn about solar, wind, hydro and other renewable energies.