Chemistry Teaching Resources
Matters of Public Concern
Chemistry, Environment and Climate
- Chemical Cuisine - CSPI's Guide to Food Additives
A guide to food additives with classification of safety for a number of additives.
- Global Warming
These NASA Facts cover Global Change and Climate Change. An explanation of the "Greenhose effect", which was first predicted by the Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius in 1896.
- Global Warming: Focus on the Future
This web site is based on the traveling exhibition, Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, which is on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History this summer from May 10 through September 1, 1997.
- Global Warming Update
This document on Global Warming was for an invited presentation by NCDC Senior Scientist, Thomas R. Karl, at the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society.
- Ozon - Allmän information av Weine Josefsson
Intresset att erhålla aktuell information om UV-index och ozonskiktet är stort från media och allmänhet. Vi hoppas att dessa hemsidor kan besvara en del av era frågor.
- Ozone Depletion
This web site contains information about the science of ozone depletion, regulations in the US designed to protect the ozone layer, information on methyl bromide, flyers about the UV index, information for the general public, and other topics.
- Potential Increases in Mortality due to Global Warming
Predicting potential increases in human mortality due to global warming requires an understanding of a large number of topics included in this on-line hypertext.
- The Sea Ice in the Arctic is Melting -- Is this a Sign of Global Warming?
At the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, affiliated with the University of Bergen, Norway, researchers have for several years used satellites to monitor potential climate changes. The results qualitatively support the predictions from the climate models, namely that it is in the Arctic that the first "fingerprints" of the anticipated global warming will be found. Two plots of the ice coverage in the Arctis support their findings.
- Simulation of Global Warming
An Atmosphere-Ocean Coupling Global Circulation Model has been developed to simulate the global warming by increasing carbon dioxide by 1%/year starting from the 1985 condition. In this presentation we will show you the results of our 70-year simulation.
- Trends in U.S. Climate during the Twentieth Century
Has the climate of the United States changed significantly during the century that is about to end? In what ways and by how much? Have national trends emerged that agree - or perhaps disagree - with what is expected from projections of global greenhouse warming? This paper attempts to address these questions.
- The Ultraviolet Forecast
NOAA/EPA UV Index Forecast by the Climate Analysis Center, National Weather Service, Washington DC, USA. An explanation of what the UV index means can be found in the USA Today Weather Pages.
- Weather and Climate Education and Outreach - Resources at UCAR and elsewhere
UCAR's educational mission is to use its special resouces to conduct science education and public information programs dealing with the behavior of the atmosphere and the global environment. This site has links to resources in the categories "Science for the Public", "K-12", and "Undergraduate, Graduate, Postgraduate, and Beyond".
- WMO Total Ozone Maps of the Northern Hemisphere
Since 1990 WMO has arranged for the preparation of daily maps of total ozone distribution over the Northern Hemisphere during the period 1 November to 31 March. The basis for these maps are ozone data obtained from about 90 monitoring stations of the WMO Global Ozone Observing System (GO3OS) which is now part of the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) that are submitted in near-real time.
Ethics in Science
- Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's ELSI Project
"Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues) in Science program is a pilot project designed to stimulate discussions on the implications of selected areas of scientific research. These modules probably will be most useful to educators and students at the middle school level. However, older students may benefit from some of the information as well."
- On Being A Scientist: Responsible Conduct In Research
As the influence of scientific knowledge has grown throughout society, nonscientists have acquired a greater interest in assessing the validity of the claims of science. With science becoming an increasingly important social institution, scientists have become more accountable to the broader society that expects to benefit from their work. This booklet published by the National [U.S.] Academy of Sciences discusses the ethical obligations of scientists.
Nuclear Energy & Science in Warfare
Prions, "Mad Cow Disease" and Related Brain Disorders
- BSE - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
This information server by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, UK, provides the British view of the "Mad Cow Disease". Here you can read about the programme to eradicate BSE in the Brithish Isles, their official writing on ""BSE and Your Health" and learn about chronology of the discovery of BSE.
- IAO Bovine spongiform encephalopathy collection
An extensive collection of links by Torsten Brinch.
- Information Concerning BSE for the Scientific World
This UK site attempts to spread data needed to understand bovine spongiform encephalopathy [BSE, or "Mad Cow Disease"]. The pages also contain information for anyone not used to the heavy science, such as Definitions of terms, Biology of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, History of BSE, Research into BSE, Action of the UK Government, and World reaction to BSE.
- Molecular Genetics of Human Prion Diseases in Germany
Abstract of a paper dealing with transmissible, neurodegenerative illnesses such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome (GSS).
- Neurosciences on the Internet
Contains a searchable index of neuroscience resources available on the World Wide Web and other parts of the Internet. Neurobiology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychology, cognitive science sites and information on human neurological diseases are covered.
- Parenchymal Infections: Prions
Scrapie is a chronic disease of sheep which is transmitted by a filterable particle that is resistant to heat and formalin fixation. The human disease kuru, which is also caused by a filterable particle, is found in the Fore speaking people of New Guinea. The disease is perpetuated through the practice of cannibalism. These people eat the bodies of their own dead. Because only the women and children eat the brains, kuru is usually not found in the adult male population. Having discovered the relationship between cannibalism and kuru, the practice of cannibalism has been stopped and the incidence of the disease has abated. Kuru has a slow onset and is manifested by cerebellar signs and shaking ataxia. Death occurs with 18 to 24 months. Until recently, the infective agents of kuru and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, and scrapie in sheep were presumed to be slow, latent viruses. The latest hypothesis is that these diseases are caused by prions. Prions are composed of protein and are much smaller than viruses.
- The Prion Diseases
Prions, once dismissed as an impossibility, have now gained wide recognition as extraordinary agents that cause a number of infectious, genetic and spontaneous disorders. This excellent, yet comprehensive review paper by the discoverer of prions explains the mechanism of action of these stealth infectious agents.
- RebPage - The Brain in Health Disease
A site that helps you to keep up with recent developments in the understanding, treatment and diagnosis of brain disorders. Its focus will be to look for the principles underlying brain dysfunction, to promote the use of this knowledge in clinical applications, and to inform patients, their family, physicians and other people about improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of any brain disorder.
- NCSEA Resources for Education in Fields Related to Solar Energy
NCSEA is an all volunteer membership organization established in 1974 to foster the development and application of solar energy through the exchange of information. Among other objectives is the promotion of education in fields related to solar energy.
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