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America's Climate Choices: Advancing the Science of Climate Change
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxaWVlzgkX4&lr=1

National Academies

This video production is a part of a four-panel report from the National Academies' America's Climate Choices project. The video maps out the realm of our accumulated knowledge regarding climate change and charts a path forward, urging that research on climate change enter a new era focused on the needs of decision makers.

Video length: 6:21 min.

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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
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Humans can take action
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Our understanding of climate
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Global warming is "very likely" caused by human greenhouse gas emission
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About the Science

  • The video is highlighted by expert testimony from Drs. Pamela Matson and Thomas Dietz where they describe key findings and the lines of evidence that brought them to these conclusions.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This video represents a summary of "Advancing the Science of Climate Change" that was contributed to by 20 panelists and supported by four legitimate science research organizations. It was written for Congress. The report this video summarizes is now almost 5 years old. While the speakers do not mention specific data, such as CO2 ppm and such, the video is becoming dated.

About the Pedagogy

  • This video could serve as an introduction for class discussion or background information from an authoritative source.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • This video is a part of the National Academies YouTube channel video and cannot be downloaded yet can be embedded in a separate site.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

HS-ESS2.D4:Current models predict that, although future regional climate changes will be complex and varied, average global temperatures will continue to rise. The outcomes predicted by global climate models strongly depend on the amounts of human-generated greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere each year and by the ways in which these gases are absorbed by the ocean and biosphere.

HS-ESS3.A2:All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.

HS-ESS3.D1:Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts.


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