3-4: Biodiversity

Importance of this Unit to the Course

Changes in climate as discussed in Block 2 have different effects on different components of ecosystems: some species thrive while others find conditions less favorable. Some species will be lost. This unit addresses issues of whether these changes in biodiversity are critical to sustainable development as discussed in this Block.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information. ( Images )
  2. Take the Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)

Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading