Thirteen, WNET, Teachers' Domain
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .
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- Students should be familiar with photosynthesis and respiration prior to watching the video.
About the Science
- Discusses how human activities have increasingly affected the quantity of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Research scientists demonstrate and talk about their research, results and implications of increasing CO2 concentrations.
- Scientists debunk the myth that CO2 increase is positive for plants (a common argument being made when looking at photosynthesis - if plants need CO2 to live, an increase of CO2 is good for plants).
- The current CO2 level in the atmosphere is 394 ppm (March 2012)- the number in the video is out of date.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- A background essay, discussion questions, and a link to standards are provided.
- Main characters in video are two students (an Asian girl and a Caucasian boy) who discuss the greenhouse effect. Students will likely be able to relate to these characters.
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