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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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Environmental forensics at sea

The main screen shows a marine environment and research boat against a background of coastal hills and a fiord. There are two entry points for investigation: Phytoplankton clues and Sediment cores, containing five interviews with a scientist explaining how science investigations can be used as a forensic tool to investigate ...

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Carbon sinks release carbon dioxide

Carbon from the atmosphere can be taken up and stored in oceans, soils and trees. These are known as carbon sinks. This clip will help you to appreciate where and how carbon is stored, and the way human actions can result in releasing carbon to the atmosphere. It is all about the carbon cycle.

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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.

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The New Inventors - Series 1 Episode 8, 2004: Modern alchemy

This clip shows a segment from the television series 'The New Inventors' featuring an inventor, John Walker, who describes two of his inventions - the TumbleTainer and the VermiTainer, which together turn landfill into compost. The clip shows the TumbleTainer (a very large container that is rotated mechanically), a bio-filter ...

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Redworm on soil

This is a colour photograph of a redworm or tiger worm ('Eisenia foetida') lying on the soil surface. The worm is reddish brown with prominent darker bands on the body. There is a white girdle-like structure towards one end of the body. The worm does not have a clearly defined head or tail.

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Photosynthesis and respiration: teacher resource

This teacher resource provides a range of possible activities that cover aspects of the science continuum for the flow of energy and flow of matter in an ecosystem. This teaching resource provides a range of classroom activities that explore the concept of the flow of energy and flow of matter in an ecosystem, specifically ...

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Apple and orange with rotten parts

This photograph shows a golden delicious apple and an orange. The apple has a soft, brown rotten portion. The rotting section of the orange is green with a white centre.

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Photosynthesis and respiration: learning sequence

This learning sequence introduces photosynthesis and respiration. Students explore the roles of photosynthesis and respiration. They compare the differences between these two processes. They explain how energy moves through an ecosystem and some implications of the carbon cycle.

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'Turning blue: wise ways with water around your home', City of Melbourne, 2004

This is the cover of a 2004 booklet called 'Turning blue: wise ways with water around your home', which was produced by the City of Melbourne as part of their 'Total watermark' strategy. The cover features a flourishing wetland scene complete with five waterbirds and plenty of vegetation. This item is part of the Water ...

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'Watersmart: garden and homes rebate scheme' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure promoting domestic water conservation in gardens and homes. It was published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The cover shows a man selecting a water-efficient showerhead, and a woman in the background also looking at showerheads. Text on the cover ...

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'Making Melbourne the world's most water-sensitive city' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure that promotes and was published by Melbourne Water, a water management organisation owned by the Victorian Government. The cover includes the title of the brochure - 'Making Melbourne the world's most water-sensitive city', a photograph of a large body of water with land in the background, and ...

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Water: H2O = life

This resource provides an in-depth look at the many ways that water shapes life on Earth. It investigates cultural and spiritual aspects of water, pressing environmental issues and actions we can take. This website is based on the National Museum of Australia exhibition 'Water: H2O = Life'.

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Low-emission fossil fuel technologies

Find out how carbon emissions from power generation can be reduced. This is a PowerPoint presentation that deals with the contribution carbon capture and storage can make towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It explains the carbon cycle and the greenhouse effect. Techniques of carbon capture are described and their ...

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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 educator guide, activity 2: the carbon cycle

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and a student activity about the carbon cycle and how carbon in the atmosphere is connected to living things. The resource has six tabs, five of which are relevant. The first tab provides information about the carbon cycle and the second provides an activity ...

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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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Introduction to carbon capture and storage

This resource is a website about the science and technology associated with carbon capture and storage, authored by CSIRO and the Global CCS Institute. It provides background notes for teachers on a low-emission future, carbon capture and storage technology, carbon chemistry and climate change. The resource contains primary ...

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Toxic sediments

Learn how high levels of toxic sediments in Sydney Harbour have destroyed as much as 40 per cent of its invertebrates. Find out the main source of toxins. Learn how toxins become trapped in the sediment and distributed across the Harbour. Observe the devastating effects of toxic sediments on the food chain in 2010, when ...