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The Big Melt
https://www.nytimes.com/video/the-big-melt

Andrew C Revkin, Simon Romero, The New York Times

This is a collection of five short videos that show how climate change is affecting fishing, native populations and access for the oil and gas industry in the Arctic. The videos include personal reflections by writers Andrew C. Revkin and Simon Romero, scientists, and residents about their experience of the impacts of the climate change in the Arctic.

Videos range from 1:52 min to 7:19 min.

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Teaching Tips

  • Educators can use these videos to discuss how climate change is currently affecting the Arctic and the possible future impacts on the social and economic life of its residents.

About the Science

  • These personal reflections will give some insight into current changes likely due to climate change but they largely do not reflect systematic study.
  • Comment from expert scientist: Overall, nice review of warming-induced melting of sea ice and melting Greenland ice cap. Does discuss some accurate model projections of sea ice loss.

About the Pedagogy

  • Videos are very good for introduction or integration of topics that weave in other topics that are not covered in the lesson. They are not designed as instructional videos.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The video resolution is fine for viewing on a computer screen but not enough for projection in a classroom.

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