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AAAS - Global Climate Change Video
http://www.eoearth.org/video/view/163678/?topic=49491

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), AAAS

This video features residents of Shishmaref, Alaska, plus environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert and scientist John Holdren, exploring the human impacts of global climate change. The roles of teachers, scientists, policymakers, and concerned citizens in mitigating the changes are highlighted.

Video duration: 10 minutes.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

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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e on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate
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The overwhelming consensus of scientific studies on climate indicates that most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the latter part of the 20th century is very likely due to human activities, primarily from increases in greenhouse gas concentrations resulting from the burning of fossil fuels.
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Human activities have affected the land, oceans, and atmosphere, and these changes have altered global climate patterns. Burning fossil fuels, releasing chemicals into the atmosphere, reducing the amount of forest cover, and rapid expansion of farming, development, and industrial activities are releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and changing the balance of the climate system.
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Scientists and economists predict that there will be both positive and negative impacts from global climate change. If warming exceeds 2 to 3°C (3.6 to 5.4°F) over the next century, the consequences of the negative impacts are likely to be much greater than the consequences of the positive impacts.
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man activities are impacting the climate system
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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 .
Fossil and bio fuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.
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4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
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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Scientists can bring information, insights, and analytical skills to bear on matters of public concern. Acting in their areas of expertise, scientists can help people understand the likely causes of events and estimate their possible effects.
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The earth's climates have changed in the past, are currently changing, and are expected to change in the future, primarily due to changes in the amount of light reaching places on the earth and the composition of the atmosphere. The burning of fossil fuels in the last century has increased the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which has contributed to Earth's warming.
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Human beings are part of the earth's ecosystems. Human activities can, deliberately or inadvertently, alter the equilibrium in ecosystems.
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Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms and entire species.
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About the Science

  • This video examines some of the impacts of climate change on a small island community in the Arctic: warmer atmosphere, sea level rise, and less predictable weather. Village elders and scientists comment on the changes being seen.
  • Comment from expert scientist: the activity is in the form of a 2007 AAAS video that shows how climate change is affecting oceanfront communities, with the greatest focus on a small coastal town in Alaska. There is footage of the town, showing erosion of ocean-front property. Analogies are drawn between what is happening now in coastal Alaska to what is likely to eventually happen in London, New York, and Washington.
  • There is a feeling of advocacy to the video to inspire action.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video is embedded in the Encyclopedia of the Earth website http://www.eoearth.org/climatechange and is accompanied by articles, image galleries, and other resources that help to provide context.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The video is of fair quality. Images are quite pixelated and is is hard to make out some of the details. Audio is fine.

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