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Climate Change Basics

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The video offers a simple and easy-to-understand overview of climate change. It poses basic questions such as 'What is it?' and 'How will it effect us?' and effectively answers those questions.

Video length is 2:47 min.

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Teaching Tips

  • This video is a useful introduction to climate change, as it is short and to the point. It could be used as a great jumping-off point for a unit or discussion on climate change's many different aspects such as causes, signs and indicators, impacts and effects, solutions. It could also be a jump-off point for a carbon footprint activity.
  • A transcript is provided to assist the educator ahead of time to coordinate the contents of this video with other instructional materials that would have to be supplemented.
  • The video may be too simplified for certain audiences, as, for instance, it identifies only carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Though all of the information is valid, it presents a very simplified picture of climate change.

About the Content

  • Comments from expert scientist: Video is a basic overview of anthropogenically-forced climate change. Easily digestible by non-scientists. Generally, video presents standard expected impacts of anthropogenic climate change, without describing them in detail or mechanistically, or discussing their uncertainty.

About the Pedagogy

  • The pedagogy of the video is well thought out as the video has a straight-forward narrative, starting with the science of causes, effects, and prevention of climate change.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The video is well done and easy to watch on YouTube; it instantly starts playing when you go to the site.
  • A transcript and closed captions are provided.
  • No data or sources are cited in the video.
Entered the Collection: January 2014 Last Reviewed: January 2014

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