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Coping With Climate Change: Green Roofs of Chicago
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/multimedia/chicago/index.html

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Newshour

A set of eight photographs compiled into a series of slides explain how urban areas are facing challenges in keeping both their infrastructure and their residents cool as global temperatures rise. Chicago is tackling that problem with a green design makeover. This report is part of PBS's Coping with Climate Change series and could challenge students to consider engineering designs to help their own cities be greener.

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Humans can adapt to climate change by reducing their vulnerability to its impacts. Actions such as moving to higher ground to avoid rising sea levels, planting new crops that will thrive under new climate conditions, or using new building technologies represent adaptation strategies. Adaptation often requires financial investment in new or enhanced research, technology, and infrastructure.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

About the Science

  • The background article describes the rationale for constructing green roofs and other improvements to reduce energy and stormwater runoff.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • While no specific lesson accompanies this slideshow, it serves to spark the interest of students in viewing how cities are coping positively to the changes in climate. Slides/photographs are linked to main featured news article, which is supported by interviews from critics, info graphics, broadcast videos and links to the PBS Coping with Climate Change web page.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Visually appealing photographs to inspire students to think about how science drives engineering design.

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http://www.pbs.org/newshour/topic/climate-change/

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