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America's Climate Choices: Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change
http://youtu.be/Ovo-qByx9JQ

The National Academies

A video that discusses the perspectives and insights necessary to report out about climate change. The video can be used to demonstrate how different perspectives impact different stakeholders and different levels, and that there is a need to have a clear, coordinated national response.

Video length 9:53 minutes.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Climate information can be used to reduce vulnerabilities or enhance the resilience of communities and ecosystems affected by climate change. Continuing to improve scientific understanding of the climate system and the quality of reports to policy and decision-makers is crucial.
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Reducing human vulnerability to the impacts of climate change depends not only upon our ability to understand climate science, but also upon our ability to integrate that knowledge into human society. Decisions that involve Earth’s climate must be made with an understanding of the complex inter-connections among the physical and biological components of the Earth system as well as the consequences of such decisions on social, economic, and cultural systems.
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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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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 .
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.
Earth's weather and climate is mostly driven by energy from the Sun.
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2.3 Earth's climate driven by the Sun.
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 .

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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Outside their areas of expertise, scientists should enjoy no special credibility.
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Because the earth turns daily on an axis that is tilted relative to the plane of the earth's yearly orbit around the sun, sunlight falls more intensely on different parts of the earth during the year. The difference in intensity of sunlight and the resulting warming of the earth's surface produces the seasonal variations in temperature.
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Light and other electromagnetic waves can warm objects. How much an object's temperature increases depends on how intense the light striking its surface is, how long the light shines on the object, and how much of the light is absorbed.
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The growing worldwide interdependence of social, economic, and ecological systems means that changes in one place in the world may have effects in any other place.
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Decisions to slow the depletion of energy resources can be made at many levels, from personal to national, and they always involve trade-offs involving economic costs and social values.
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Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
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Teaching Tips

  • Students could be asked to write a "Personal Perspective" paper in response to the video
  • Could use at an intersection of a climate science lesson and social science considerations.

About the Science

  • A video summarizing the National Resource Council's report 'America's Climate Choices: Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change'. Report was published in 2010: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12784
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The entire report is available for download to accompany the video, called "Informing Effective Decisions Related to Climate Change," sponsored by the NOAA in preparation to Congress.

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Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change - The National Academy of Sciences

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