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Feeling the Effects of Climate Change
http://video.pbs.org/video/1939995285

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In this video, several scientists identify and describe examples of increasing health problems that they believe are related to climate change.

Video length 13:36 min.

Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

ngssSee how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts

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Teaching Tips

  • This video would enhance any lesson on climate change, ecology, infectious disease, or community health.
  • Educator should pause after the ads before projecting in a classroom.

About the Science

  • Video features three specific health issues: 1. A rare but deadly fungal disease (cryptococcus cadii) once known only in tropical climates, that is infecting people in the Pacific Northwest. 2. Earlier flowering of some trees lengthens the time that people with allergies are exposed to tree allergens. 3. Spread of infectious vector-borne diseases such as West Nile and Lyme disease.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This is a general audience video explaining how climate change caused by human acitivities is not some abstract concept, or something that may happen in the future, but is already affecting us in different ways. The video is very careful not to overstate the examples shown. The video also does a good job of showing what is being done to combat climate change in cities like Chicago.

About the Pedagogy

  • Video might cause students to feel depressed. It is important to follow-up with solutions and what everyone and every society can do to mitigate climate change.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Commercial ad precedes the video.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2

HS-ESS2.A1:Earth’s systems, being dynamic and interacting, cause feedback effects that can increase or decrease the original changes.

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.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 3

Cause and effect

HS-C2.1:Empirical evidence is required to differentiate between cause and correlation and make claims about specific causes and effects.

HS-C2.2:Cause and effect relationships can be suggested and predicted for complex natural and human designed systems by examining what is known about smaller scale mechanisms within the system.

HS-C2.4:Changes in systems may have various causes that may not have equal effects.


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