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Climate Science in a Nutshell: Climate Change Around the World?
http://planetnutshell.com/project/episode-7-climate-change-around-the-world/

Planet Nutshell, Utah Education Network

This video is part of the Climate Science in a Nutshell video series. This short video looks at the effects of climate change happening right now around the globe, including: more extreme weather events, droughts, forest fires, land use changes, altered ranges of disease-carrying insects, and the loss of some agricultural products. It concludes with a discussion of the differences between weather, climate variability, and climate change.

Video length: 2:27 minutes.

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Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Climate is not the same thing as weather – defining difference
About Teaching Principle 4
Other materials addressing 4b
Increased extreme weather events due to climate change
About Teaching Principle 7
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Teaching Tips

  • This video provides a short overview of effects of global climate change. It needs to be supplemented by more thorough materials and activities.
  • Can use to identify prior knowledge, misconceptions.

About the Science

  • Discusses the differences between year-to-year variations and trends.
  • Science well presented on a simple scale.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The animation is well done and mostly free of climate change speculation, although for simplicity it does not show all the controversy associated with climate change politics. The three impacts on various parts of the world is very appropriate. It is easily accessible to both students and the general public.

About the Pedagogy

  • The cartoon nature of the animation makes the message in the video easy to understand.
  • This breezy style and playful animations of this video will likely engage most students. It lacks a teacher's guide, background materials, etc. that would support its use in a classroom.
  • Can be used to introduce a little climate science into other curricula.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • This is a HD video that can easily be projected in a classroom.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

MS-LS4.D1:Changes in biodiversity can influence humans’ resources, such as food, energy, and medicines, as well as ecosystem services that humans rely on—for example, water purification and recycling.

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 4

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

HS-ESS3.A2:All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.

HS-ESS3.D1:Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts.

HS-LS2.C2:Moreover, anthropogenic changes (induced by human activity) in the environment—including habitat destruction, pollution, introduction of invasive species, overexploitation, and climate change—can disrupt an ecosystem and threaten the survival of some species.


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