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Environmental Impacts: All Benefits Have Costs
http://www.switchenergyproject.com/topics/environmentalimpacts#/energy-overview-environmental-impact

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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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

A combination of strategies is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most immediate strategy is conservation of oil, gas, and coal, which we rely on as fuels for most of our transportation, heating, cooling, agriculture, and electricity. Short-term strategies involve switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy sources, which also requires building new infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Long-term strategies involve innovative research and a fundamental change in the way humans use energy.
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.
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5.6 Environmental factors.

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The global environment is affected by national and international policies and practices relating to energy use, waste disposal, ecological management, manufacturing, and population.
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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.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

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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