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Carbon capture and storage

Is carbon capture and storage (CCS) the solution to climate change? CCS technology captures carbon dioxide from the flue gases of coal burning power plants and takes it to long-term storage. The coal industry has high hopes that pumping the liquefied gas into underground reservoirs, or geo-sequestration, will provide safe ...

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Australian Greenhouse Calculator

The Australian Greenhouse Calculator (AGC) is a digital tool accessible on the Australian Greenhouse Calculator website. The AGC helps students to explore how their lifestyle contributes to greenhouse gas emissions (ghg). Students use the AGC to analyse how to live more sustainably. They investigate 11 modules including ...

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Climate education guide, activity 3: trees and carbon

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and a student activity about the role of forests as carbon sinks and the effect of tree size on the capacity to store carbon. The resource has six tabs, five of which are relevant. The first tab provides information about the importance of forests in storing ...

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Climate educator guide, activity 5: investments in forest carbon

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and a student activity about identifying the valuable benefits, such as carbon sequestration, provided by forests. The resource has five tabs, four of which are relevant. The first tab provides information about policies and initiatives designed to protect ...

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Geoengineering - a solution to climate change?

What is geoengineering, and how is it being investigated by scientists as a means of combating climate change? Learn about some climate control techniques that could slow down or even reverse the effects of global warming. Hear an atmospheric physicist explain the pros and cons of geoengineering techniques.

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'Cooking' carbon to make crude oil

Visit the rugged Arabian mountains to see the exposed remains of the bottom of the ancient Tethys ocean, the prehistoric algal soup that gave rise to today's massive oil fields of the Middle East. Hear how oil-source rock laid down in the Jurassic Period changed over millennia as the Earth's surface was re-shaped. Under ...

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Towering global oil consumption

Watch as computer-generated imagery helps us imagine how much oil humans use every year.

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Carbon and the origins of crude oil

Follow a carbon atom as the central character in a story about crude oil. Watch as this ancient chemical that has existed since the dawn of time is recycled through all life forms, oceans, rocks and the atmosphere. See the origins of the vast oil fields on which the modern world now depends.

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Greenhouse effect tips toward climate catastrophe

Follow the carbon atom, the central character in this story about oil, as it is released as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributes to the greenhouse effect. See how other events like melting glaciers amplify that effect and contribute to an increasingly overheated climate. Learn about what might tip us over ...

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Oil from super-greenhouse events

Why did most of the world's oil deposits form at a specific prehistoric time? Learn how overheated super-greenhouse climates caused vast stretches of the world's oceans to stagnate and become depleted of oxygen. Discover the connection between these anoxic events and Earth's oil reserves. Watch scientists investigating ...

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Uncovering oil under Arabian deserts

Listen to concerns in the 1950s about predicted declining oil production in the United States. Hear about the discovery of the world's largest oil field in Saudi Arabia, described as a 'treasure trove of the Jurassic Tethys ocean'. Catch up with the carbon atom that is the central character in the story about crude oil ...

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Addicted to oil, automobiles and petrochemicals

See how crude oil became indispensable to modern life as the transport industry developed and our 'thirst' for oil developed. Find out how petrochemicals derived from oil are contained in virtually everything, from plastics and paints, to pesticides and painkillers.

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Impact of coming to school on carbon emissions

How big is your carbon footprint as you travel to and from school? Watch Daniel O'Doherty, 2008 'Action Against Climate Change' Eureka Schools Prize winner, as he determines his hypothesis then designs and conducts a study about carbon emissions. Listen to the recommendations he makes to reduce and offset the emissions ...

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Rock lock: capturing carbon dioxide

Reducing carbon pollution is one of the humankind's most pressing challenges. Now there is a way to capture carbon dioxide emissions from industrial processes, by combining it with solid rock. How does this process work and could the technology involved help in the fight against global warming? Find out in this clip from 2013.

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Open Explorer Builder

Use Open Explorer Builder to create an interactive multimedia project, presentation or unit of work. Build alone or with others. Select an image to represent your topic or area of study, then add points of interest to it and attach appropriate content to each of these points. You can import images, audio or Flash Video ...

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The Circle: Antarctic issues

Explore how human activities impact on the Antarctic ecosystem. Compare opinions on climate change, the ozone hole and whaling. This learning object is one in a series of eight learning objects.

Assessment resource

Tennis tournament: assessment

Assess your ability to calculate the number of matches each of six players plays in a round-robin tournament. Assess your ability to calculate the total number of matches in a round-robin tournament. Construct a round-robin tennis tournament following the rules provided. For example, organise the tennis tournament over ...

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Michael Atchison describes work as a political cartoonist, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Michael Atchison (1933-), talking about his work before his recent retirement as chief political cartoonist for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide. He describes the process of getting a 'feel' for the main political news of the day, then choosing the topic of each cartoon. He also ...

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A Morning at the World's Greatest Agricultural Show, c1926: Young Bill's first public appearance

Three sequences separated by intertitles are shown in this black-and-white silent clip from a documentary made in the 1920s about the Sydney Royal Agricultural Show. A small boy prepares his Shetland pony for display; we see him groom it, paint its hooves and saddle it before the final shot shows him mounted. An Arab stallion ...

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London to Australia air race, 1934

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the twin-engine aeroplane, the Uiver, which successfully took part in the MacRobertson International air race from London to Melbourne, Victoria. The plane is a Douglas DC-2 with its entry number, 44, displayed on the tail. The plane is shown stationary on the ground at Parap ...