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Carbon Pollution: Costs and Cures

Climate Change Education Resources

This video features a number of different climate scientists describing the effects of the increasing amount of carbon dioxide on global climate and proposing a series of solutions to mitigate these effects. Video addresses health problems and other costs to humans associated with climate change.

Video length is 10:29 min.

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Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 8 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
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Strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emission (energy conservation, renewable energies, change in energy use)
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Strategies of human adaptation to climate change
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Evidence is that human impacts are playing an increasing role in climate change
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Human activities have increased GHG levels and altered global climate patterns
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Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
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Increased extreme weather events due to climate change
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Human health and well-being will be affected to different degrees from the impacts from climate change
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
Earth is constantly changing as energy flows through the system.
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2.1 Changes in energy flow over time.
The effects of changes in Earth's energy system are often not immediately apparent.
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2.7 Effects of changes in Earth's energy system .

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Teaching Tips

  • Could be used as an introductory video on global warming.
  • Might be better for older students or have students take notes of the information and facts that are being discussed as they watch.
  • The National Climate Assessment would be a great tool to use to help make these topics more meaningful to students' community.

About the Science

  • Scientists discuss how humans have caused the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that have led to climate change, the rise in storm damage due to sea level rise, the need to adjust the sources of energy away from fossil fuels to renewable sources, and the problems with health that a warming world will cause.
  • Comments from expert scientist: I think the strengths of this resource are the big picture and systems approach it takes. The video is well populated with scientists describing many aspects of the climate system and potential affects of climate change including health, weather, and overall well-being. I also appreciated the discussion of past climates and future projections. Finally, I think it's very good that they focused not only on the effects and consequences of climate change, but also on potential solutions. Ending the video with the positive outlook that we can switch to renewable energy in a cost-effective way really helps to add a message of hope instead of just doom and gloom. It does not discuss many of these things in depth or in much detail. So while the science is sound, it would mostly be a good introduction to a lesson or unit on the topic, rather than a stand alone resource.

About the Pedagogy

  • There is no teacher's guide included yet, but the site does suggest that one is in the works (as of summer 2015).
  • This video would be a good inclusion for teachers who are discussing global warming, carbon emissions, or renewable energy with their students.
  • The scientists briefly discuss a number of subjects regarding global warming that could lead into further lessons or discussions.
  • Shows an ethnically (and gender) diverse scientists narrating the video.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • A lot of talking heads but interspersed with images and animations, and the information is engaging.
  • Not many interesting visuals to hold students' interest.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.

MS-ESS3.A1:Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.

MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 8

HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.

HS-ESS2.D2:Gradual atmospheric changes were due to plants and other organisms that captured carbon dioxide and released oxygen.

HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.

HS-ESS3.B1:Natural hazards and other geologic events have shaped the course of human history; [they] have significantly altered the sizes of human populations and have driven human migrations.

HS-ESS3.D1:Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts.

HS-ESS3.D2:Through computer simulations and other studies, important discoveries are still being made about how the ocean, the atmosphere, and the biosphere interact and are modified in response to human activities.

HS-ETS1.A2:Humanity faces major global challenges today, such as the need for supplies of clean water and food or for energy sources that minimize pollution, which can be addressed through engineering. These global challenges also may have manifestations in local communities

HS-ETS1.B1:When evaluating solutions, it is important to take into account a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, and to consider social, cultural, and environmental impacts.

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