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In this short video from ClimateCentral, host Jessica Harrop explains what evidence scientists have for claiming that recent global warming is caused by humans and is not just part of a natural cycle.

Video length 1:49 min.

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Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 6 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

About Teaching Principle 4
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Our understanding of climate
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About Teaching Principle 6
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Energy Literacy

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7.3 Environmental quality.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
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4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.

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

  • This is a persistent misconception, so teachers will need to consider if the students need more information than is provided in this simplified video.

About the Science

  • The animation showing the interaction between solar irradiance and greenhouse gases is not correct. When educators use this animation, they should explain how the actual situation is more complex.
  • The difference between contemporary and fossil fuel sources of carbon dioxide is due to differences in the carbon isotopes involved. This is a physical property and not a chemical one.
  • The link between carbon dioxide concentrations and temperature is not explained. The correlation is left to suggest causation.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The revised video presents a very relevant theme and that causes enormous confusion in the general public. In this sense, it is helpful and can be easily understood by the lay public.

About the Pedagogy

  • This topic is the single most common misconception about climate change. Educators may want to reinforce this point as much as possible, because students are likely to encounter this misconception outside of school.
  • The animations are playful and direct; they are quite approachable for young audiences.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Suitable for classroom projection. It can be viewed online or downloaded.
  • The video is on vimeo.com and this could this be a problem in some schools.

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This visualization from Bloomberg shows a graphical representation of various sources of warming: http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-whats-warming-the-world/.

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