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Climate Change at the Doorstep
http://video.pbs.org/video/1818412519

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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 are local residents who are being impacted.

Video length: 11:35 min.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Humans can adapt to climate change by reducing their vulnerability to its impacts. Actions such as moving to higher ground to avoid rising sea levels, planting new crops that will thrive under new climate conditions, or using new building technologies represent adaptation strategies. Adaptation often requires financial investment in new or enhanced research, technology, and infrastructure.
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Actions taken by individuals, communities, states, and countries all influence climate. Practices and policies followed in homes, schools, businesses, and governments can affect climate. Climate-related decisions made by one generation can provide opportunities as well as limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation. Steps toward reducing the impact of climate change may influence the present generation by providing other benefits such as improved public health infrastructure and sustainable built environments.
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ans can take actions to reduce climate change and its impacts.
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Melting of ice sheets and glaciers, combined with the thermal expansion of seawater as the oceans warm, is causing sea level to rise. Seawater is beginning to move onto low-lying land and to contaminate coastal fresh water sources and beginning to submerge coastal facilities and barrier islands. Sea-level rise increases the risk of damage to homes and buildings from storm surges such as those that accompany hurricanes.
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mate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
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Energy affects quality of life .
Human demand for energy is increasing.
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6.3 Demand for energy is increasing.
Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.
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6.6 Behavior and design.
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Human use of energy.
Water plays a major role in the storage and transfer of energy in the Earth system.
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2.4 Water stores and transfers energy.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
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Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .

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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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