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Welcome to CHANCE

Today, humanity faces this reality – the environment is broken, most of which is a result of negative human impact on the health (loss of biodiversity) of our world's ecosystems.

CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences) is an accredited, award-winning, interdisciplinary environmental education program, whose overarching goal is to teach conservation biology and global sustainability at the front-line. To do this, CHANCE creates unique learning environments which are part of its international field courses that immerse participants, students and teachers, in real-world research and conservation efforts.

The ultimate goal of CHANCE is to prepare global-minded citizens who understand the importance of restoring and protecting the biodiversity of our planet's ecosystems, and who will address the challenges of our time such as energy, air, food, water, and climate change in their lifetimes.

Since ecosystems cross national borders, CHANCE strives to view, and to define sustainable answers for environmental realities from a global perspective.

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Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to one of our CHANCE Funds. We can now accept online donations through the support of Penn State University’s secure online forms. Visit our Donate page to learn more.

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CHANCE Newswire

07 October 2019
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Global Wildlife Trade Higher Than Was Thought
At least one in five vertebrate species on Earth are bought and sold on the wildlife market, according to a study. Scientists from universities in the US and UK, who jointly analysed data collated on a range of species, say they are ""astounded"" by the figure.
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07 October 2019
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Earths Oceans are Getting Hotter and Higher, and it's Accelerating
As the world's climate changes, ocean warming is accelerating and sea levels are rising more quickly, warns a new report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report is a synthesis of the most up-to-date climate science on oceans and ice, and it lays out a stark reality: Ocean surface temperatures have been warming steadily since 1970, and for the past 25 years or so, they've been warming twice as fast. Sea levels are also rising increasingly quickly "due to increasing rates of ice loss from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets," the report states.
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Field Courses

upcoming field courses in Bolivia and Malaysia

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Featured Sponsor

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Trans-Pacific Engineering Corporation (TPEC) is a civil and environmental engineering firm established in 1993 and headquartered in suburban Philadelphia. TPEC is one of the leading firms in Philadelphia that is addressing the issue of storm-water management and combined sewer overflow into the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.

TPEC supports Penn State CHANCE because they agree that a clean and sustainable environment is essential to the future of mankind. Through innovative technologies, sustainable design and active public engagement, TPEC aims to create and maintain a cleaner, safer world.

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Featured Video

July 2019

BBC video on plastics

Plastic pollution: Could a year's waste circle the Earth four times?
So much plastic is thrown away every year that it could circle the Earth four times. This claim is commonly made on environmental websites - but is it true? BBC Reality Check investigates.

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CHANCE Fellows

24 July 2019
Mikroudis Panagiotis

CHANCE Fellow Tackles Sustainable Chemistry

CHANCE 2007 Costa Rica and Panama Fellow Panagiotis “Noti” Mikroudis, is a 2008 Penn State graduate of biology who launched his career by working as a hazard communication specialist at a small chemical regulations consulting firm. Noti is now a senior product safety representative at one of the largest chemical/high-tech polymer companies in the world where he evaluates products for safe use and handling including environmental assessments. With the high demand for more sustainable products and manufacturing processes, new formulations as well as new uses for existing products present new challenges for the chemical industry. So, to advance his knowledge and skills, Noti will begin a part-time, environmental science and management masters program at Duquesne University in January, 2020 to help tackle these demands.

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Resources For Educators

07 October 2019
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EPA Launches ‘See a Bloom, Give it Room’ High School Video Challenge
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 7 and 8 have launched the “See a Bloom, Give It Room” High School Video Challenge. The contest is open to high school students or teams in EPA Regions 7 and 8: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.Students are asked to create public safety videos (under 2 minutes in length) that explain how to spot harmful algal blooms and how people and their pets should be safe around them. A winner from each state, along with two regional tribal winners, will be selected by judging panels to each receive a $2,000 cash prize. Two grand prize winners will also be selected to receive $4,000 each.

Submissions are due by 11:00 pm (ET) on January 3, 2020.

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01 October 2019
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Invasive Species Resources
The USDA has curated a collection of K-12 education resources on invasive plants and animal species. The resources include curricula, fact sheets, learning kits, and videos. Addressing various grade levels, these materials are focused on helping students understand the role of invasive species in the environment.

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Resources for Students

01 October 2019
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EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge Invites Students to Design Innovative Infrastructure for Stormwater Management
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched its eighth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition that is open to colleges and universities across the country. EPA seeks to engage with students to design innovative green infrastructure solutions for stormwater management, showcasing the environmental, economic, and social benefits of these practices.

Each first-place team will earn a student prize of $5,000 to be divided evenly among student team members and a faculty prize of $5,000 to support green infrastructure research or training. Second-place teams will win a $2,500 student prize and a $2,500 faculty prize. Registration for the 2019 Challenge closes Oct. 15, 2019. Registrants must submit their entries by Dec. 17, 2019 and winners will be announced in the Spring 2020.

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Featured Podcast

8 August 2019
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Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen
Paul Nicklen has spent decades documenting the Arctic, Antarctic and the effects of climate change. He talks about some of the dangerous situations he's been in while on the job. Fresh Air WHYY
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