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Feeling the Effects of Climate Change


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.

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Climate Literacy
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change. Animals, plants, bacteria, and viruses will migrate to new areas with favorable climate conditions. Infectious diseases and certain species will be able to invade areas that they did not previously inhabit.
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Human health and mortality rates will be affected to different degrees in specific regions of the world as a result of climate change. Although cold-related deaths are predicted to decrease, other risks are predicted to rise. The incidence and geographical range of climate-sensitive infectious diseases—such as malaria, dengue fever, and tick-borne diseases—will increase. Drought-reduced crop yields, degraded air and water quality, and increased hazards in coastal and low-lying areas will contribute to unhealthy conditions, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
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Energy affects quality of life .
Fossil and bio fuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.
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4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
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Human use of energy.
Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
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Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .

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Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms and entire species.
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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.

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