National Center for Atmospheric Research , Climate Central
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
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- Video would be perfect for a high school classroom examining weather vs climate, extreme weather events, and human causes of climate change. This should be integrated into activities that define greenhouse gases and distinguish between natural and man-made greenhouse gas emissions.
About the Science
- Explaining the relationship between extreme weather events, such as a record heat wave, and global climate change is challenging. Although emissions of greenhouse gases are making heat waves more common and more severe overall, one cannot attribute a specific event to global warming. This video uses a simple baseball analogy to explain how greenhouse gases have a similar impact as steroids do on a baseball player by increasing the chances of hitting a home run, but don't guarantee that each home run was caused by steroid use.
- Video also attempts to explain the role of greenhouse gases in increasing the probability of hot days versus cold days, and addresses the common misconception that a snowstorm is evidence that the climate is not changing.
- Comments from expert scientist: Very nice metaphor. Easy to explain. Scientific concepts are measured, not exaggerated.
About the Pedagogy
- Very engaging, student-friendly format.
- Video could be very effective with younger audiences to make the connections between humans and impact on climate change.
- Links to the data would be useful for additional activities.
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