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Environmental Impacts: All Benefits Have Costs

Switch Energy, American Geosciences Institute

This video is one of a series from the Switch Energy project. It reviews the environmental impacts of various energy resources including fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewables. CO2 emissions as a specific environmental impact are discussed.

Video length is 2:41 min.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Consider using the Switch Energy website to have students do a research project on the pros and cons of different types of energy sources. Then, as a class they can create an energy portfolio.

About the Science

  • Fossil fuels and nuclear produce more solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes; and are by far the largest contributors of C02 emissions to the atmosphere. Renewables face challenges of land and water use, visual and noise pollution. A successful energy future will depend on managing environmental impacts while keeping energy affordable.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Video is designed to reach wide audience, but seems to reflect more opinions rather than facts.

About the Pedagogy

  • Future lessons to accompany these videos are planned for the Switch Energy website.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Narration is a little stiff and monotone.

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