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Science Literacy Week 2020: Start Here
About Science Literacy Week
"Science Literacy Week showcases the diversity of Canadian science and the culture it's embedded in. Libraries, museums, science centres, schools and not-for-profits come together to highlight the books, movies, podcasts and events that convey the excitement and influence of science in our everyday lives. It’s about each and everyone’s unique relationship with science and how they live it." (Science Literacy Week, 2020, para. 1)
Living species on Earth may number anywhere from 5 million to 50 million or more. Although we have yet to identify and describe most of these life forms, we know that many are endangered today by development, pollution, over-harvesting, and other threats.
Fly across iridescent tropical reefs. Brush through a cloud of countless jellyfish. Visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see. We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little connection to our everyday world. Yet each of them is a hotspot of biodiversity, as vital to life on Earth as the rainforests. Just as the Amazon has its secrets, so too do the reefs.
Mighty, elemental forces molded North America. Fiery eruptions, titanic floods, the grinding of great ice sheets, and massive impacts from space all shaped our land. Now, for the first time, NOVA presents a bold and sweeping biography of our continent and how it came to be.
This documentary takes the pulse of our earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change - the loss of one world and the birth of another - and carves a path from the present to a bold new vision for the world.
Human beings play a key role with regard to the Earth's biodiversity and their lifestyles greatly influence the balance of ecosystems. The impacts of industrialization and demographic development on natural resources often results in encroachment on wild regions that are the habitat for countless life forms. Thankfully, there are those who have found ways of stimulating the economy while respecting the issues of biodiversity and avoiding the destruction of ecosystems.