Stay Current 2023

The GSS email list (google group) receives “Stay Current” articles (excerpts and links to the source articles). To receive them email gssmail@berkeley.edu with subject line “Join GSS”. Please give your city, state, country, and your school (if you’re a teacher). See also “Stay Current” links in each book’s Contents table. Some news sources limit the […]

TG Losing Biodiversity

{ GSS Teacher Guide Index } { All GSS Books } ~{}~ Objectives [] Assessment [] ResourcesGuides for each Chapter: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 Teaching Objectives Goal 1: Students appreciate how we depend on the biodiversity of our planet. Objective 1A: Students can tell others […]

Teacher Guide for GSS

{ To GSS Books } TEACHER GUIDE CONTENTS Introduction 1. Map of the GSS Course 4. How Can I Customize GSS for My Students? 7. How is GSS Related to Science Education Reform? 2. What is Global Systems Science? 5. What Teaching Methods Should I Use? 8. How Was GSS Created? 3. What Will My […]

LB7C. Stay Current—One Global Ocean

Staying current for Chapter 7 See Non-chronological resources for this chapter { Losing Biodiversity Contents } 2024-03-07. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef hit once more by mass coral bleaching. [https://edition.cnn.com/2024/03/07/australia/mass-coral-bleaching-event-great-barrier-reef-intl-hnk-scn/index.html] By Helen Regan, CNN. Excerpt: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering another mass bleaching event, the reef’s managers confirmed Friday, the result of soaring ocean temperatures caused […]

LB6C. Stay Current—Field Trip: Predatory Bird Research Group

Staying current for Chapter 6 { Losing Biodiversity Contents } 2022-11-28. Top-flight recovery: the inspiring comeback of the California condor. [https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/28/top-flight-recovery-california-condor-comeback-aoe] By Patrick Greenfield, The Guardian. Excerpt: Nearly extinct in the 1980s, an intensive programme to reverse the bird’s decline has made it a conservation success story. Despite being the largest flying bird in North […]

LB5C. Stay Current—The Living Skin of the Earth

Staying current for Chapter 5 See Non-chronological resources for this chapter { Losing Biodiversity Contents } 2024-02-27. Our Breathing Earth: A Review of Soil Respiration Science. [https://eos.org/research-spotlights/our-breathing-earth-a-review-of-soil-respiration-science] By Aaron Sidder, Eos/AGU. Excerpt: The ground beneath our feet is exhaling. Steadily and without pause, through a process called soil respiration, plant roots and microbes release carbon dioxide […]

LB4C. Stay Current—The Puzzle of Inheritance

Staying current for Chapter 4 See Non-chronological resources for this chapter { Losing Biodiversity Contents } 2024-04-14. Should We Change Species to Save Them? By Emily Anthes, The New York Times. Excerpt: Australia has also become a case study in what happens when people push biodiversity to the brink. Habitat degradation, invasive species, infectious diseases […]

LB3C. Stay Current—The Origins of Species

Staying current for Chapter 3 See Non-chronological resources for this chapter { Losing Biodiversity Contents } 2024-03-11. Amazing diversity of today’s ants tied to rise of flowering plants. [https://www.science.org/content/article/amazing-diversity-today-ants-tied-rise-flowering-plants] By ELIZABETH PENNISI, Science. Excerpt: As spring’s first buds emerge in the Northern Hemisphere, there’s fresh evidence of the evolutionary importance of angiosperms, better known as flowering […]

LB2C. Stay Current—The Trail Back from Near Extinction

Staying current for Chapter 2  { Losing Biodiversity Contents } 2023-10-16. Blood Memory–The American Buffalo. [https://www.pbs.org/video/american-buffalo-episode-1-blood-memory/] or [https://www.pbs.org/show/the-american-buffalo] Documentary By Ken Burns. Description: For untold generations, America’s national mammal sustained the lives of Native people, whose cultures were intertwined with the animal. Newcomers to the continent bring a different view of the natural world, and […]

LB1C. Stay Current—Seeking Biodiversity

Staying current for Chapter 1 {2021}-{2011–2020}-{2001–2010} See Non-chronological resources { Losing Biodiversity Contents } 2024-04-18. Controversial wolf killing appears to help caribou, but concerns persist. By WARREN CORNWALL, Science. Excerpt: Some worry the findings will stall efforts to halt logging—the root cause of declining caribou populations. Since 2015, a slaughter has unfolded in the mountains […]