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  • Role Playing - NYC Case Study Featured Case Study Role Playing - NYC Case Study Role Playing - NYC Case Study

    SUMMARY Students will apply a role-playing activity to explore the challenges facing climate change planning in New York City.  Radley Horton, lead climate scientist... More »

  • Unit: Geoengineering Featured Teaching Unit Unit: Geoengineering Unit: Geoengineering

    SUMMARY There is much unknown about the ramifications of large-scale deployment of geoengineering technologies.  Are they merely short-term fixes?  What are the... More »

  • HOW SUCCESS WORKS: Marine Sanctuary -... Featured Case Study HOW SUCCESS WORKS: Marine Sanctuary -... HOW SUCCESS WORKS: Marine Sanctuary -...

    SUMMARY The lesson plan provides a full menu for use from primary school to high school. Depending on the grade level and the unit of study that provides the context for a... More »

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Global Warming 101 Educator Resource Binder Index- - Will Steger Last Updated on 2015-09-09 17:23:11 Will Steger Foundation Educator Resource Binder The Will Steger Foundation's K-12 interdisciplinary curriculum is experiential in nature and tied to national standards. Our curriculum and online adventure learning program is proud to have the support of the National Education Association with over 3.2 million members. WSF also provides exciting expedition footage from Will Steger's polar expeditions to supplement the lesson plans. The Educator Resource binder includes a lesson plans for Grades 3-8, 6-12 and 9-12, as well as expedition supplements and action resources.  The Lesson Plans help students master the requisite background information on global climate change processes, the importance of the Arctic to global climate, the potential effects of global warming in the Arctic, and consider what could/should be done in response. They also help students communicate... More »
Module: Amazon Rain Forest and Climate Change - UCAR COMET Last Updated on 2015-09-09 12:20:40 This module was developed by COMET - UCAR, Publish Date: 2009-12-22 English (text version), Portuguese (multimedia version) Skill Level: Upper High School and Undergraduate Completion Time: 1.50 - 2.00 hours Includes Audio: no Required Plugins: Flash Requires sign in Topics: Climate, Environment and Society This module discusses global climate change that is occurring largely because of greenhouse gases emitted by human activities, and in particular the impact that tropical deforestation plays in the climate system. It also covers signs of climate change, the current thinking on future changes, and international agreements that are attempting to minimize the effects of climate change. The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) is also discussed. 1. List factors... More »
Image Gallery: The Age of Man: A New Geologic Epoch Last Updated on 2015-09-09 12:14:54 This slideshow gallery of 8 images from Climate Central illustrates the impact humans have had on our natural environment, an impact so significant scientist believe that it will constitute a new geological age "the Anthropocene". This age is named to represent the human-dominated influence, marked by measurable changes in the earth's climate, geography, and biological composition. Visually demonstrate the severe impact humans have had on our natural environment, with potentially catastrophic results     This gallery can be used as a visual aid in or out of the classroom for formal or informal education. Assessment is at the discretion of the educator and how this gallery is applied. Images created for Climate Central, Published: Feb 22nd, 2011 in Causes, Greenhouse Gases, Impacts, Climate, Society, Global   More »
Video: What We Known For Sure - Climate Central Last Updated on 2015-09-09 12:08:02 2 min 20 sec Today, about one in four molecules of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere come from human activity, mainly burning fossil fuels.  We also know that carbon dioxide, or CO2, is a "greenhouse gas" — it traps extra energy from the sun and warms the earth.  Carbon dioxide levels in the air have been increasing every year, and usually faster each year, as we burn more and more coal, oil and gas. These are scientific facts beyond any dispute. But before Charles David Keeling started daily measurements of atmospheric CO2 in 1958, from near the top of Mauna Loa volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, no one knew for sure about this growth. Keeling's measurements showed not only an increase in carbon dioxide, but also a human fingerprint. The instrument he used — a spectrometer — is able to chemically tell apart the kind of carbon found in... More »
Video: Pilots of the 109th Airlift Wing - Climate Central Last Updated on 2015-09-09 12:01:07 1 min 31 sec An international team of climate scientists, working on the NEEM research project, has just completed their first season toward drilling a 1.6-mile deep vertical core of solid ice in Greenland, looking for clues about ancient and future climates. In July of 2009, Dr. Heidi Cullen traveled to Greenland with a production team from StormCenter Communications to visit the team, and discuss their findings. For a more in-depth look at the NEEM project and its findings, watch Drilling Back to the Future: Climate Clues from Ancient Ice on Greenland, Climate Central's report broadcast on PBS’s The NewsHour. Watch >> Greenland: Pilots of the 109th Airlift Wing This video could be used alongside some of the other ice core research videos featured on this website to show how difficult climate research is and the trying conditions pilots must go through to... More »