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''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

''Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift''
Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

''... to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed''
P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Monday, 18 April 2011

Plants and climate change - video lesson 2

Unfortunately the article and video for this have been archived and are no longer available.

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew are world famous for their botanical research and education work.
They were featured recently on the British Government's sustainable development website.

Have a look at this article about Kew Views. There is also a short video (three and a half minutes).
Then answer these questions:
1 What subjects do the Kew Views videos look at?
2 Who is the Director of Kew Gardens?
3 Where is it also possible to watch this video?
4 According to the video, how much does deforestation contribute to carbon emissions?
5 What is Paul Smith's job?

And a bonus question - can you spot the funny mistake in the text?

Answers below!


Kew’s scientific work on issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and food security
Steven Hopper
3 Kew's own website
4 15-18%
5 Head of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

bonus question:

The Breathing Planet Programme is Kew’s project to build on the essential role of plants in helping humanity deal with the environmental challenges we are all facing. The programme aims to chart a sustainable way forward, living with biodiversity and enhancing our quality of life, through seven toads to a more resilient planet:
(toads should be roads!)

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