Andrew C Revkin, Simon Romero, The New York Times
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7.6 Vulnerable populations.
Energy affects quality of life .
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
6.3 Demand for energy is increasing.
Human use of energy.
2.3 Earth's climate driven by the Sun.
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
2.7 Effects of changes in Earth's energy system .
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- 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.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- While the video page is ad-free there is distracting advertising on the home page for this series - http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/series/thebigmelt/index.html
- The video resolution is fine for viewing on a computer screen but not enough for projection in a classroom.
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