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China: In With the New
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Earth: The Operators' Manual

In this video clip from Earth: The Operators' Manual, host Richard Alley discusses China's efforts to develop clean energy technologies and to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere, by building coal plants using CO2 sequestration technology. (scroll down page for video)

Video length 4:00 min.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

A combination of strategies is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most immediate strategy is conservation of oil, gas, and coal, which we rely on as fuels for most of our transportation, heating, cooling, agriculture, and electricity. Short-term strategies involve switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy sources, which also requires building new infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Long-term strategies involve innovative research and a fundamental change in the way humans use energy.
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Energy Literacy

Access to energy resources affects quality of life.
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7.5 Access to energy affects quality of life.
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
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Energy affects quality of life .
Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Fossil and bio fuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.
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Different sources of energy and the different ways energy can be transformed, transported and stored each have different benefits and drawbacks.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.
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5.6 Environmental factors.
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Energy decisions are influenced by several factors.
Human demand for energy is increasing.
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6.3 Demand for energy is increasing.
Earth has finite energy resources.
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6.4 Earth has finite energy resources.
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Human use of energy.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Because the video is short, it would serve best as a prompt to promote discussion.

About the Science

  • Video features China's efforts to develop clean energy technologies and carbon sequestration.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Figures are scientifically correct, but are out-of-date. There are no references.

About the Pedagogy

  • This is one of several short segments from Earth: The Operators' Manual.
  • Annotated script of video is available on the site.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Audio portion is closed-captioned.

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