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About Teaching Climate Literacy
7.3 Environmental quality.
Energy affects quality of life .
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
6.5 Social and technological innovation.
Human use of energy.
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- A good video to include in any unit that addresses how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Educator could introduce cost/benefit analysis of ethanol as a fuel as well as social and economic challenges.
About the Science
- This video goes over the pros and cons of using ethanol as an alternative to gasoline.
- Discusses issues such as how converting corn into ethanol requires a lot of energy and reduces stocks of corn that might otherwise be used to feed people and livestock.
- Shows research efforts to use cellulosic biomass and microorganisms to accomplish the conversion from plant matter to fuel in a single step.
- Comments from expert scientist: The combination of the video with the Background Essay is helpful - i.e. the essay goes into a little more depth than the video, which aids in understanding the full reasoning behind using cellulosic biomass to make ethanol.
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