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High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept, 1 Science and Engineering Practice
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6.8 Calculating and monitoring energy use.
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- The image contains a lot of information and can be used as a supplement for many lessons on production of greenhouse gases by humans and human impacts on climate.
About the Science
- The image shows all human contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.
- Energy use is by far responsible for the majority of greenhouse gases.
- Most activities produce greenhouse gases both directly, through on-site and transport use of fossil fuels, and indirectly from heat and electricity that comes "from the grid."
- All emissions data is from 2003.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- There is a lot going on with the arrows in this image, but students can follow the different colored arrows from the sector to end use to the produced greenhouse gas fairly easily.
- Students can compare this graphic to CO2 emissions in the year 2000.
- There are related resources supplied at the bottom of the webpage.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Static Visualization supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3
HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.
HS-ESS3.A1:Resource availability has guided the development of human society.
HS-ESS3.A2:All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.
Cross Cutting Concepts: 1
HS-C2.2:Cause and effect relationships can be suggested and predicted for complex natural and human designed systems by examining what is known about smaller scale mechanisms within the system.