Friday, May 25, 2012

Student sustainability video festival, part 4: biodiversity

I promised to resume posting this series a couple of weeks ago, so here I continue with the series, here are three videos shown as parts of two student presentations about biodiversity. First, two videos from a presentation about Burmese Pythons, a spectacular example of an invasive species.

Based on findings in a recently published study, pythons in the Everglades are almost certainly responsible for wiping out multiple species in under a decade, and pose a major threat to the ecosystem. Most of them are released pets.

From an episode of "Swamp Wars" this is something we here in South Florida contend with on a daily basis. The Pythons in the Everglades is nothng short of an epidemic. They will and have literally ate anything and everything. Dogs, cats, endangered species.... children and yes, even aligators.
Those were sensationalistic videos, which were exactly what the students wanted.

Next, a video about beaching pilot whales, which served as the attention grabber for a talk about the environmental hazards faced by whales.

Rescuers are desperately trying to save more than 30 whales stranded on a New Zealand beach since Monday. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin.
That was a more serious video about a less sensational issue, but it still got the point across.

Still to come, climate change and the ozone layer.

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