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Humans and Energy - Earth: The Operators' Manual
http://earththeoperatorsmanual.com/segment/2

Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Earth: The Operators' Manual

This short video shows how humanity uses energy today; what sources we use; and why, in the future, a growing global population will require more energy.

Video length: 4:32 min.

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Energy Literacy

Access to energy resources affects quality of life.
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7.5 Access to energy affects quality of life.
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
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Energy affects quality of life .
Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Human use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
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4.2 Human use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .

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Social and economic forces strongly influence which technologies will be developed and used. Which will prevail is affected by many factors, such as personal values, consumer acceptance, patent laws, the availability of risk capital, the federal budget, local and national regulations, media attention, economic competition, and tax incentives.
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Industry, transportation, urban development, agriculture, and most other human activities are closely tied to the amount and kind of energy available. People in different parts of the world have different amounts and kinds of energy resources to use and use them for different purposes.
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Some resources are not renewable or renew very slowly. Fuels already accumulated in the earth, for instance, will become more difficult to obtain as the most readily available resources run out. How long the resources will last, however, is difficult to predict. The ultimate limit may be the prohibitive cost of obtaining them.
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Industrialization brings an increased demand for and use of energy. Such usage contributes to having many more goods and services in the industrially developing nations but also leads to more rapid depletion of the earth's energy resources and to environmental risks associated with some energy resources.
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About the Science

  • This segment focuses on a Brazilian family living off the grid (like 1.5 billion world-wide).
  • Focus is on how rapidly-urbanizing China needs more energy to foster development.
  • Includes a population/energy use chart comparing different regions of Earth.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • A good introduction to global energy challenges that can help set the stage for classroom discussions and activities, particularly the needs of the developing world where energy access and equity are a substantial challenge.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Easily accessed and can be downloaded by educators who register at the ETOM website.
  • Video is closed captioned.

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