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Coping with Climate Change: 2 Texas Towns Struggle for Water
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/climate-change-jan-june12-texaswater_03-22/

PBS Newshour, PBS

This video documents the impact of the 2011 drought on the water supply of two Texas towns. It discusses how the higher temperatures have increased the evaporation from open reservoirs, resulting in a drop in water levels. The use of water in fighting wildfires has also contributed to this drawdown. While some jurisdictions have been able to develop pipelines to other sources, others have had to resort to trucking water in.

Video length 10:19 min.

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ngssSee how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 5 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas

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Teaching Tips

  • The web page includes an entire transcript of the video.

About the Science

  • Part of PBS Newshour's "Coping with Climate Change" series. This is about drought, which is clearly a climate change issue. Antiquated water-rights laws, a rapidly growing population, and competing water uses have made the problem even more difficult.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Good overview of the 2011 Texas drought and its most severe impacts on water supplies. Relatively little "scientific" content. It's mostly a news story.

About the Pedagogy

  • This video is quite comprehensive and likely does not require much context from an educator. No support materials - other than the transcript and closed-captioning - are provided.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Sound and visuals are excellent.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 5

MS-ESS2.C1:Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation and crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land.

MS-ESS2.C2:The complex patterns of the changes and the movement of water in the atmosphere, determined by winds, landforms, and ocean temperatures and currents, are major determinants of local weather patterns.

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

MS-ESS3.A1:Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.

MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

HS-ESS3.A1:Resource availability has guided the development of human society.


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