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WATER POLLUTION

 

ACTIVITIES TO PRINT LISTENING
ART POSTERS
CARTOONS SIGNS
FACTS VIDEOS
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES WEBQUESTS
LESSON PLANS  


(Created on 16/01/2016)

 

FACTS:

 

  • Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution - 22 February 2017
    "Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn...
    "We discovered that most of the microplastics are coming from either the clothes or from the tyres," he (François Simard, deputy director of IUCN's marine programme) told BBC News. "Microplastics are going everywhere in the sea and into the food chain, let's close the plastic tap."

    (BBC)

  • From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish - 14 February 2017
    "Eight million tonnes of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year. Fish eat it - and then we do. How bad is it for us?"

    (theguardian.com)

  • Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean - 13 February 2017
    "Chemicals banned in the 1970s have been found in the deepest reaches of the Pacific Ocean, a new study shows."

    (BBC)

  • Water Pollution Puts Over 300 Million at Risk - Text + Audio - 5 September 2016
    "Over 300 million people in Asia, African and Latin America face possible infection from terrible disease.
    A new report from the United Nations says water pollution from industry and agriculture is the cause."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)


    "People search for scrap metal in polluted water
    at the bottom of one of the biggest trash dumps in the city,
    known as "The Mine," in Guatemala City."

  • How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply - 20 June 2016
    "New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic fabrics are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals."
    (theguardian.com)
  • India's dying mother
    "The Ganges is one of the greatest rivers on Earth, but it is dying.
    From the icy Himalayan peaks, where it begins, right down to the Bay of Bengal, it is being slowly poisoned..."

    (BBC)




  • AEQUOREA,
    A MULTI-USE OCEANSCRAPER PRINTED IN 3D FROM THE SEVENTH CONTINENT'S GARBAGE,
    THE 5 OCEAN GYRES, RIO DE JANEIRO 2015, BRAZIL
    PROGRAM : A multi-use oceanscraper printed in 3D from the seventh continent's garbage
    LOCATION : The 5 Ocean Gyres and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    HOUSING SURFACE AREA : 1.375.000 m²
    DIMENSIONS : 500 meters width, 1000 meters depth, 250 floors (1/4 for permaculture and agro-ecology)
    PROGRAM : 10 000 housing (between 25 & 250m²), fab labs, offices, co-working spaces, workshops, scientific basis, sea farms, organic agriculture,
    community orchards and food gardens, phytopurification lagoons, coral gardens, etc.

    BUILDING COST : 1950 euros/m²
    STATUS : Research & Developmen
    (vincent.callebaut.org)

 

  • Water Crisis in US City a 'Disaster, Not Just an Emergency' - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 25 January 2016
    "Not having access to clean drinking water is a problem in many areas of the world -- including the United States.
    Residents of an industrial U.S. city are angry and are demanding to know what happened.
    Why did no one tell them they were drinking poisoned water for more than a year?"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Great Barrier Reef Choking on Pollutants - Text + Audio + Video - 1 October 2015
    "The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. It is the largest living organism on Earth.
    However, the reef is being damaged by climate change and pollutants from farms that flow into the reef."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • World Bank issues SOS for oceans, backs alliance - February 24, 2012
    "The World Bank announced on Friday a global alliance to better manage and protect the world's oceans, which are under threat from over-fishing, pollution and climate change... "We need a new SOS: Save Our Seas," (World Bank President) Zoellick said in announcing the alliance... Working with governments, the scientific community, civil society organizations, and the private sector, we aim to leverage as much as $1.2 billion (762.0 million pounds) to support healthy and sustainable oceans." 

    (af.reuters.com)


    Oil in the ocean.

  • Accumulating 'microplastic' threat to shores - 27 January 2012
    "Microscopic plastic debris from washing clothes is accumulating in the marine environment and could be entering the food chain, a study has warned."

    See Plastic fibre a 'major pollutant'
    (BBC)

 

  • Boat made of plastic bottles sets sail across Pacific - 21 March 2010
    "A boat (named Plastiki catamaran) made of 12,000 plastic bottles has set sail on a voyage from San Francisco to Sydney to spread awareness about pollution in the world's oceans...
    The 12,000 used water bottles are filled with carbon dioxide to make the vessel durable and buoyant.
    The catamaran is powered by solar, wind and sea turbines."
    (BBC)

 

  • Map shows toll on world's oceans - 14 February 2008
    "Only about 4% of the world's oceans remain undamaged by human activity, according to the first detailed global map of human impacts on the seas...
    A study in Science journal says climate change, fishing, pollution and other human factors have exacted a heavy toll on almost half of the marine waters.
    Only remote icy areas near the poles are relatively pristine, but they face threats as ice sheets melt, it warns."

    (BBC)


ART:

  • Filipino artists get dirty to highlight pollution in Manila's rivers - 30 May 2016
    "In the corner of a room in Manila, an artist dips his paintbrush into a murky mixture. As brush strokes of brown, black and grey sweep across white canvas, the paint leaves behind rough sediments on the surface, coming out as an almost gritty texture."

    (BBC)

 

 

LISTENING:

  • Water Pollution Puts Over 300 Million at Risk - Text + Audio - 5 September 2016
    "Over 300 million people in Asia, African and Latin America face possible infection from terrible disease.
    A new report from the United Nations says water pollution from industry and agriculture is the cause."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)


    "People search for scrap metal in polluted water
    at the bottom of one of the biggest trash dumps in the city,
    known as "The Mine," in Guatemala City."

  • Water Crisis in US City a 'Disaster, Not Just an Emergency' - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 25 January 2016
    "Not having access to clean drinking water is a problem in many areas of the world -- including the United States.
    Residents of an industrial U.S. city are angry and are demanding to know what happened.
    Why did no one tell them they were drinking poisoned water for more than a year?"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Great Barrier Reef Choking on Pollutants - Text + Audio + Video - 1 October 2015
    "The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. It is the largest living organism on Earth.
    However, the reef is being damaged by climate change and pollutants from farms that flow into the reef."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

ACTIVITIES TO PRINT:

  • Games and activities
    "Learn environmental health concepts by playing online games created by recognized environmental health science organizations."

    Air pollution / Chemicals / Climate change / Water pollution
    (kidsenvirohealth.nlm.nih.gov)

  • Spanish Oil Spill - text with symbols
    (symbolworld)

 


INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES:

  • Games and activities
    "Learn environmental health concepts by playing online games created by recognized environmental health science organizations."

    Air pollution / Chemicals / Climate change / Water pollution
    (kidsenvirohealth.nlm.nih.gov)

LESSON PLANS:

 

WEBQUESTS:

  • EARTH PROBLEMS - a webquest
    I. Air Pollution - II. Energy Depletion - III. Overflowing Landfills - IV. Rain Forest Destruction - V. Vanishing Species - VI. Water Pollution

 

  • Pollution WebQuest (crescentok.com)
    "Pollution may be defined as the introduction of impurities into an ecosystem that cause undesirable changes. Do you produce pollution? Does pollution produced by others affect your daily life? Does pollution cost you any money?..."
  • Water webquest
    "You are going to create a Public Service Announcement or PSA that people can search on the Internet and read or watch to learn about water pollution and to get them to help stop it!
    Create your PSA in response to a number of incidents in which the water has become polluted in different areas around where we live such as Chimacum Creek or the Puget Sound or the Hood Canal. Your PSA will help to increase public awareness about water pollution and it will hopefully help to prevent its spread." 
    (educatoral.com)

 


CARTOONS:


 


Yucky beach

(2.bp.blogspot.com)

 

Toxic dump
(tiki.oneworld.net)

 

Water pollution
(toonpool.com)

 


 


POSTERS:

 


SIGNS:


 

VIDEOS:

  • The Yamuna, India 's most polluted river – video
    "Guardian India correspondent Michael Safi takes a journey along the Yamuna river.
    Stretching
    855 miles (1,375km) across the north of the country , at its source in the Himalayas its water is crystal clear.
    However, once it streams through New Delhi , it turns into one of the filthiest rivers in the world.
    Rapid urbanisation is partly to blame, but so is lax enforcement of laws against illegal dumping."

    (theguardian.com)

 

  • Water Crisis in US City a 'Disaster, Not Just an Emergency' - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 25 January 2016
    "Not having access to clean drinking water is a problem in many areas of the world -- including the United States.
    Residents of an industrial U.S. city are angry and are demanding to know what happened.
    Why did no one tell them they were drinking poisoned water for more than a year?"

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Great Barrier Reef Choking on Pollutants - Text + Audio + Video - 1 October 2015
    "The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. It is the largest living organism on Earth.
    However, the reef is being damaged by climate change and pollutants from farms that flow into the reef."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Catalyst ABC TV - Plastic Oceans
    "Oceans are silently choking on our plastic waste. Plastic and synthetic materials are the most common types of debris in our oceans and are having horrific impacts on marine wildlife and systems. As an island continent "girt by sea" marine debris is of particular importance for Australia. Creatures get entangled in plastics and drown and ingested concentrated toxins from plastics pose a threat to the health of the food chain. Plastics also transport and introduce species into new environments. Anja Taylor catches up with the CSIRO research team spearheading the Marine Debris Survey, a world first study of the plastics around our coastline."

    (YouTube)

 

  • Water Pollution for Kids
    "Contamination of water by harmful substances, which affects life on earth, is termed as water pollution."

    (YouTube)

 

 

  • Warning System Keeps Swimmers Out of Polluted Water - VIDEO - 2 August 2015
    "Researchers are using computer models to predict the quality of ocean water. It now takes 18 to 24 hours for a laboratory to test the water. Public health experts say that amount of time can and should be reduced."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

  • Midway: Message from the Gyre
    "On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place:
    inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean..."

    (chrisjordan.com)