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Wind - Affordable if not unaffordable
http://www.switchenergyproject.com/topics/wind

Switch Energy, American Geosciences Institute

This video is one of a series of videos produced by the Switch Energy project. It presents the pros and cons of wind power, such as where to build, affordability, efficiency, transmission.

Video length is 2:37 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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ans can take actions to reduce climate change and its impacts.
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Energy Literacy

Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Different sources of energy and the different ways energy can be transformed, transported and stored each have different benefits and drawbacks.
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4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.
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5.6 Environmental factors.

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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Different ways of obtaining, transforming, and distributing energy have different environmental consequences.
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Energy from the sun (and the wind and water energy derived from it) is available indefinitely. Because the transfer of energy from these resources is weak and variable, systems are needed to collect and concentrate the energy.
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Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Students could weigh the pros and cons of wind farming then propose a site to build wind farms.
  • Other considerations for discussion include social, environmental, economic, policy, noise, ecological impacts, etc.

About the Science

  • Building wind turbines is one option to generate power from wind energy. There are challenges of siting, transmission, conversion, and backup generators that play into consideration of the use of wind turbines as a sustainable means of capturing wind energy.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • This website has great potential for research projects for students.
  • Lesson plans are not currently available but the project website projects their availability during late 2013.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • High-definition video suitable for desktops and large screens.
  • Available on Vimeo.
  • No transcript or closed captioning available.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN

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