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SCI-2020 Introduction to Sustainability

Week 3 Resources

Review the resources listed below to prepare for this week’s assignments. The resources may include textbook reading assignments, journal articles, websites, links to tools or software, videos, handouts, rubrics, etc.

Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation

In this chapter, your course text explains the link between us and our natural world. It also examines the benefits that we obtain from ecosystems, such as provisioning services (meeting our resource needs), regulating services (meeting our physical needs), and supporting services (biogeochemical cycles). It concludes looking at trends in biodiversity loss in ecosystems and what that means for us. 

Chapter 4 “Biosphere”

Read from page 117 to page 148 

Theis, T. & Tomkin, J. (Eds.). (2018). Sustainability: A comprehensive foundation. OpenStax CNX.

Conservation and Restoration Ecology

In this overview video from Khan Academy, you will learn the different types of biodiversity as well as how biodiversity can be preserved. Watch and consider the various conservation methods discussed.

Unstoppable Solar Cycles: The Real Story of Greenland

In this video, you will learn how a change in climate destroyed the Viking civilization of Greenland during the 14th century.  You will be exposed to evidence showing atmospheric Carbon Dioxide increases follow Global Warming and are, therefore, not the cause but an effect.  You will be exposed to evidence for the natural cause of global warming is solar cycles.

Idea Channel.  (2007). Unstoppable solar cycles [Video]. YouTube. .

Interactive Climate Change

This interactive website gives you a chance to explore the key indicators ofd climate change. After exploring the interactive, you might want to go to  to the website to learn more about global climate change:



Interactive: Climate time machine – Climate change: Vital signs of the planet. (2020).


The Psychology of (Climate) Change

The linked podcast is a discussion about the effects of climate change in ways we might not expect.  Here you will learn about the psychological aspects of climate change. These aspects include human perception of climate change, the impacts socially and emotionally, and how we respond to climate change. After you have listened to this podcast, you will have a better understanding of how psychology is linked to climate change.

Professional Blog Series NCU Library

In these two professional blogs, you will learn about the current issues associated with climate change. As you explore the articles, consider how your environment has changed over the years. 

These are just two blogs in a series; if you would like to learn more, you can access the full series from the link below.

Climate Change and Current Issues

Climate Change Blog (2020). Can’t ‘see’ sea level rise? you’re looking in the wrong place. Newstex.

Climate Change Blog (2020). Fire and ice: Why volcanic activity is not melting the polar ice sheets. Newstex. url=