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Review: The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?

Authors: Peter Ward Publisher: Princeton Press Reviewed by Orlay Johnson This book might be more appropriately titled, “Mothers who Murder their Children.” It explores how Mother Earth periodically cleans house of the majority its biota. Sadly, the reference to Medea in the actual title is probably lost on most of us, unless you know more […]

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Charting a New Course for Marine Educators

The West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health The ocean plays a critical role in maintaining ecosystems and is essential to our health and wellbeing. Its diversity of resources belong to all of us. Yet, only 1 in 10 Americans understand ocean systems or the threats these systems are facing. It is critical to educate […]

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Community-Based Education – The Colquitz Watershed Stewardship Education Project

Community-Based Education – The Colquitz Watershed Stewardship Education Project By Pam Murray Along the Cowichan River, surrounded by the smell of cottonwood resin, an elementary school student discovers that dragonfly larvae look like aliens. In a quiet wetland, a middle school teacher marvels as a guest expert shows his class how to fold cat-tails into […]

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Ocean Science: What should kids learn?

by Gene Williamson Forty years ago, when I first decided that I wanted to teach about the oceans in my 8th grade classroom in Corvallis, I was faced with a daunting task. Not only were there only the sketchiest of materials available, the prevailing wisdom was that students were not capable of dealing with sea […]

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