Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides (generally considered together as ‘pesticides’ or informally as ‘chemicals’) have a long and controversial history. On the one hand, we need them to keep towns and streets pest-free to 21st century standards, and they also have an often-overlooked, vital environmental function in protecting our National Parks from invasive species like Rhododendron.
E.O.Wilson, retired Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, defines ‘biophilia’ as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”. An increasing body of research is showing that humans have a natural desire to connect with nature and the outdoors, and not only find social and health benefits from being outdoors, but that time spent exposed to
In the UK, we are all appreciating the beautiful Autumn colours of our trees. From rich reds to rusty browns and burnished golds, we cannot help but feel serene, peaceful and tranquil in a grove of trees. Trees provide us with so many other benefits that perhaps we take for granted. These include the following:
We're very excited to announce a second Q&A with one of our very own tutors! Lee Raye, author of Advanced Academic Writing, Critical Thinking and UK Wildlife Law, is going to be answering your questions live on Facebook on the 22nd of October from 6.00pm until 6.30pm. Mr. Raye has been involved in ADL since 2013 and
Until recent decades, nuclear power was confidently seen as the way of the future. With a single ton of Uranium capable of producing as much energy as a thousand tons of coal it offered the potential of incredible amounts of power in exchange for a minimum amount of pollution. It was widely touted as clean
The end is nigh! We’re all doomed! If only we had listened to Captain Planet in the 90’s! Alright, maybe we aren’t quite doomed and we were just looking for an excuse to type that. But there are certainly grounds for concern even if there has been progress international with initiatives such as the IPCC.
At ADL, our tutors aren't just about marking assignments and giving advice (though they do do a lot of that). They've got lives of their own that make them stand out as exceptional individuals even outside of the field in which they teach. This week, we take a little look at some of the extra-curricular
One of the best things about an online course with ADL is the unlimited tutor support you get from start to end of your course. Whenever you have a question, your tutor is there to help. We believe that good academic knowledge must be solidly grounded in the practical applications that it is put towards.
Electric bills are shocking things, almost more so than the actual electricity. It seems that every other week some crisis or other in Russia, the Middle East or elsewhere threatens to push the price of fuel and power up yet again. Indeed, an article last year in the Guardian suggested that prices in the UK
Thinking of taking an online environmental course but looking for a reason? Read on. It's a simple thing for many of us, living as we do in towns and cities, to all but forget about the environment. Sure we might have gardens, we may walk in parks or keep pets, but our actual contact with
So you want to get an environmental job! Whether you want to work in animal conservation, or in one of the many other fields covered under the wide umbrella of environmentalism, you can find a great variety of jobs that give you the opportunity to escape the tedium of the office for a working life
Valid Arguments In order to be valid, an argument has to be based on evidence. For example, we might say: “Tigers can produce milk…” Or “Wildlife brings tourism…“ However, these are not valid arguments unless we give some evidence, or cite a source: “… Since tigers are mammals and all female mammals can lactate for
Invalid vs Incorrect There’s a common myth that arguments which are valid always have a correct conclusion. The best Critical Thinking students know better. Invalid arguments can be correct, and valid arguments can be incorrect. Here are some examples: Invalid argument with correct conclusion IF: All cats have fur, IF: Pingu is a cat, THEN:
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. Vision becomes blurred because the cataract interferes with sight, like a veil in front of the eye. Many individuals over 60 have cataracts and most of these can be treated successfully. The risk for cataracts increases as we age, but the average age for
You have spent lots of time researching, working hard to produce a top quality assignment that will be appreciated by your tutor. You have timed it well; your favourite TV programme is about to start, you have some tasty food waiting for you. It’s now time to submit that assignment and wait for a response.
Ever since the first caveman traded a shiny rock for the second cave man’s banana, money, and where it goes, have been the bedrock of civilization. Whether you trade in dollars, pounds, rubles or shiny rocks, a decent living can be had for anyone with the skills to follow the money. For anyone with