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What is the Greenhouse Effect?

US Environmental Protection Agency

This is an animation from the US Environmental Protection Agency's Students Guide to Global Climate Change, one of a series of web pages and videos about the basics of the greenhouse effect.

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Teaching Tips

  • Can be used to introduce the greenhouse effect and Earth's energy budget to students.
  • Can help clarify the common confusion and misconception about the greenhouse effect as a natural, not man-made, phenomenon.

About the Science

  • Excellent animation with narrative that discusses what the greenhouse effect is, how humans contribute to it and how this relates to global climate change.
  • Comment from expert scientist: The presentation is highly appropriate for kids and includes scientific information in a manner effective for the target group. I found no information that was not entirely consistent with the community's knowledge. The graphics were simple and easy to understand. The dialog was simple and measured, easy to comprehend. A very good presentation for young students.

About the Pedagogy

  • Clear graphical animations along with a narrative allow students to absorb information about the greenhouse effect and climate change in a meaningful way.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Easy to use, with links to related information and videos.

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