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The Big Melt

Andrew C Revkin, Simon Romero, The New York Times

This is a collection of five short videos - The Arctic Ice Cap, Sampling the Ice, Arctic Fisheries, Natives Feel Effect and Arctic Energy -- that can be played separately or in sequence. They show how climate change is affecting fishing, native populations and access for the oil and gas industry in the Arctic. The videos include personal reflections by writers Andrew C. Revkin and Simon Romero , scientists and residents about their experience of the impacts of the climate change in the Arctic.

Videos range from 1:52 min to 7:19 min.

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Teaching Tips

  • Educators can use these videos to discuss how climate change is currently affecting the Arctic and the possible future impacts on the social and economic life of its residents.
  • There are three background articles - "No Escape: Thaw Gains Momentum", "Old Ways of Life Are Fading as the Arctic Thaws" and "As Polar Ice Turns to Water, Dreams of Treasure Abound"- at http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/series/thebigmelt/index.html
  • These articles along with the accompanying five videos provide a good opportunity for group work. Groups could be assigned an article and video to analyze and report out to the class.

About the Science

  • These personal reflections will give some insight into current changes likely due to climate change but they largely do not reflect systematic study.
  • Comment from expert scientist: Overall, nice review of warming-induced melting of sea ice and melting Greenland ice cap. Does discuss some model accurate model projections of sea ice loss.

About the Pedagogy

  • This resource includes three articles on changes in the Arctic five videos and several graphics.
  • There are no teaching guides provided with these materials.
  • Videos are very good for introduction or integration of topics that weave in other topics that are not covered in the lesson. They are not designed as instructional videos.

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