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Coping with Climate Change: Louisiana's Vanishing Coast
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/multimedia/louisianacoast/index.html

PBS Newshour, PBS

This is a slideshow without audio about the effects of sea level rise on a Louisianan coastal community - the Isle de Jean Charles -- and focusing on the human impact of disappearing land.

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Humans can adapt to climate change by reducing their vulnerability to its impacts. Actions such as moving to higher ground to avoid rising sea levels, planting new crops that will thrive under new climate conditions, or using new building technologies represent adaptation strategies. Adaptation often requires financial investment in new or enhanced research, technology, and infrastructure.
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Melting of ice sheets and glaciers, combined with the thermal expansion of seawater as the oceans warm, is causing sea level to rise. Seawater is beginning to move onto low-lying land and to contaminate coastal fresh water sources and beginning to submerge coastal facilities and barrier islands. Sea-level rise increases the risk of damage to homes and buildings from storm surges such as those that accompany hurricanes.
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • This is the featured community in the major commercial film hit "Beasts of the Southern Wild".
  • Could be used in a discussion of a specific impacts of climate change that are happening NOW in the US.
  • Slideshow might have a greater impact on students if shown on a projector with blog posts printed out for students so they could stop at certain points and read the blog.
  • Following the readings and slideshow, show the four-minute film "Can't Stop the Water."
  • Additional footage is available about the Isle de Jean Charles from ABC news, http://vimeo.com/46120657, that could be used in a discussion of a specific impact of climate change currently happening in the US.

About the Science

  • The Isle de Jean Charles, located in the Gulf Coast near Louisiana, has been undergoing major changes as it copes with climate change. The land is sinking and the water is rising, leaving many areas accessible only by boat. Produced by Louisiana's Public Broadcasting group, the succinct slides share Native tribes' perspectives as they cope with the changes.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

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Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Slideshow can be shown on desktop or projected, the latter of which would have greater impact.
  • Photos are clear and of good quality.
  • Support materials are excellent.

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