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Climate Change at the Doorstep


This PBS video focuses on sea level rise in Norfolk, Virginia and how the residents are managing the logistical, financial and political implications. Science journalists who have been studying Norfolk's rising sea level problems are interviewed, as well as local residents who are being impacted.

Video length: 11:35 min.

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Climate Literacy
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Humans can take action
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Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
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Climate change has consequences
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Energy Literacy

Economic security is impacted by energy choices.
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7.1 Economic security.
Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.
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Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.
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5.5 Political factors.
Water plays a major role in the storage and transfer of energy in the Earth system.
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About the Science

  • This video offers a case study of a community where sea level rise is already an issue and a glimpse of the related social and infrastructure issues.
  • Comments from expert scientist: It mentions both land-ice melt and thermal expansion of water as drivers of sea-level rise. Resource includes the role of local subsidence (Norfolk, VA is built on drained wetlands–easily compressed compared to bedrock).

About the Pedagogy

  • This video offers viewers an example of how climate change impacts a community through sea level rise.
  • Can be used to spark discussion and further research.
  • A good complement to other CLEAN selected sea level rise resources.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The video is of good production quality and can be embedded.

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