The Cost of Inaction: Recognising the Value at Risk from Climate Change

The asset management industry – and thus the wider community of investors of all sizes – is facing the prospect of significant losses from the effects of climate change. Assets can be directly damaged by floods, droughts and severe storms, but portfolios can also be harmed indirectly, through weaker growth and lower asset returns. Climate change is a long-term, probably irreversible problem beset by substantial uncertainty. Crucially, however, climate change is a problem of extreme risk: this means that the average losses to be expected are not the only source of concern; on the contrary, the outliers, the particularly extreme scenarios, may matter most of all. Read More

When the river runs dry: human and ecological values of dry riverbeds

Temporary rivers and streams that naturally cease to flow and dry up can be found on every continent. Many other water courses that were once perennial now also have temporary flow regimes due to the effects of water extraction for human use or as a result of changes in land use and climate. The dry beds of these temporary rivers are an integral part of river landscapes. We discuss their importance in human culture and their unique diversity of aquatic, amphibious, and terrestrial biota. We also describe their role as seed and egg banks for aquatic biota, as dispersal corridors and temporal ecotones linking wet and dry phases, and as sites for the storage and processing of organic matter and nutrients. In light of these valuable functions, dry riverbeds need to be fully integrated into river management policies and monitoring programs. We also identify key knowledge gaps and suggest research questions concerning the values of dry riverbeds. Read More

Microeconomics and the Environment

This module places the standard economic analysis of externalities and public goods in the context of the two paradigms of economics and ecology. It presents elements of economic analysis of the global climate change issues, sustainable fisheries management, and some concepts of industrial ecology. The student reading consists of 58 pages which includes discussion questions, glossary, references, and problems. Exercise answers are available to instructors. Read More

Center for Sustainable Systems Teaching Resources

The Center for Sustainable Systems has created several sets of teaching resources that can be used to support education surrounding sustainability concepts. These outlines and PowerPoints were created with a post secondary education audience in mind. Read More

Center for Ecoliteracy

The Center for Ecoliteracy provides a variety of instructional tools to assist teachers as they plan and implement sustainable curriculum. Many are available throughout the website. They include books, discussion guides, resource listings, activities, lessons, and professional development seminars and other events designed for educators. Read More

Environment and Energy Daily

From federal agency appropriations to comprehensive energy legislation, E&E Daily is the place insiders go to track their environment and energy issues in Congress. It covers the progress of legislation as it works its way from hearings and markups, through the House and Senate floors, to the President’s desk. Read More

Biodiversity Informatics Facility

The Biodiversity Informatics Facility at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation strives to utilize information technologies in biodiversity research and applications while developing and promoting the effective use of these technologies for biodiversity conservation around the world. This site provides a growing set of practical resources for those interested in using information technologies for biodiversity conservation. Read More

PETE NSF Indigenous Education Curricular Resources

Under the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE)’s NSF ATE grant Connecting Tribal and Pacific Rim Colleges to Improve Indigenous Environmental Technology Education, Environmental and STEM curricular resources are available. These resources are developed for Tribal and Pacific Rim science and math courses, however activities and curricular ideas are applicable to all STEM classrooms. Read More

Increasing Cropping System Diversity Balances Productivity, Profitability and Environmental Health

Balancing productivity, profitability, and environmental health is a key challenge for agricultural sustainability. Most crop production systems in the United States are characterized by low species and management diversity, high use of fossil energy and agrichemicals, and large negative impacts on the environment. We hypothesized that cropping system diversification would promote ecosystem services that would supplement, and eventually displace, synthetic external inputs used to maintain crop productivity. Read More

Red Layer Microbial Observatory

Extreme temperature (45-60°C) microbial communities such as those thriving in hot springs in Yellowstone National Park are hypothesized to be modern analogues to the most ancient forms of life on earth. Evidence of stromatolites resembling modern mats exists from at least 3.6 billion years ago [Schopf and Packer, 1987]. Read More


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EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

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