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Climate Wisconsin: Extreme Heat

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, Climate Wisconsin

This short video addresses the effects of heat waves on human populations, with African American residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the visual subjects. The narrative is done by a young spoken- word artist.

Video length: 2:46 minutes.

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Incidents of extreme weather are projected to increase as a result of climate change. Many locations will see a substantial increase in the number of heat waves they experience per year and a likely decrease in episodes of severe cold. Precipitation events are expected to become less frequent but more intense in many areas, and droughts will be more frequent and severe in areas where average precipitation is projected to decrease.
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Human health and mortality rates will be affected to different degrees in specific regions of the world as a result of climate change. Although cold-related deaths are predicted to decrease, other risks are predicted to rise. The incidence and geographical range of climate-sensitive infectious diseases—such as malaria, dengue fever, and tick-borne diseases—will increase. Drought-reduced crop yields, degraded air and water quality, and increased hazards in coastal and low-lying areas will contribute to unhealthy conditions, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.
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Teaching Tips

  • Suggestions as to how to use the video in the classroom are listed on the climatewisconsin.org website.

About the Science

  • This video uses images, music, and poetry to describe the impacts of extreme heat on an urban community.
  • Science facts are interjected into the narrative.
  • An essay on the website provides additional background information.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Resource does well in highlighting geographical differences in extreme heat conditions. Statement that frequency of extreme heat events in urban areas is untrue. Extreme heat events are typically larger in spatial scale than cities (i.e. they are more regional than that), so frequency is largely determined by large-scale atmospheric/oceanic processes.

About the Pedagogy

  • This is a spoken-word media piece that mingles art and science in a way that successfully communicates important information in a compelling fashion.
  • Students of color will likely be able to identify themselves with the main characters.
  • There are some additional education resources as well as teaching tips available on the climatewisconsin.org Website.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The resolution may be be suitable for classroom projection.

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