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Earth Learning Solutions. Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise. This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Reviewed Teaching Collection This activity has received positive reviews in a peer review process involving five review categories.

Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise

The five categories included in the process are. 3B: CO2 - My Life's Story. Part B: CO2—My Life's Story Atmospheric CO2 and temperature data taken from Vostok Ice Cores.

3B: CO2 - My Life's Story

Image source: Bowman Global Change and The Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institute of Oceangography, UCSD The carbon cycle has changed over Earth's history Imagine if fossils didn't exist. Climate Change and Game-Based Learning. Teaching about complex interconnected systems like global climate change can be difficult.

Climate Change and Game-Based Learning

There are many unseen pieces affecting the greater whole that young people (and many adults) might not understand. One approach to lifting this conceptual curtain for students is assigning the BrainPOP video on the topic prior to class, flipping the instruction. Try BrainPOP's Make-a-Map tool, which is an open-ended concept map, a playful assessment, to have students demonstrate interconnections.

Making Climate Change Games At a recent conference, I learned about EcoChains: Arctic Crisis. Climate Wizard. Global Warming Effects Map - Effects of Global Warming. The World's First Solar Road Is Producing More Energy Than Expected. Renewable Energy. This Living Lab offers you a chance to evaluate the renewable energy sources in the U.S.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy comes from natural resources such as wind, plant material, water (rain or tides), geothermal, or sunlight and is naturally replenished. Both renewable and non-renewable energy sources are used to generate electricity, power vehicles, and provide heating, cooling, and light. Renewable sources of energy vary widely in their cost-effectiveness and in their availability across the United States. Although water, wind, and other renewables may seem free, the cost comes in collecting and transporting the energy to the places where energy is needed. Greenhouse gas benchmark reached. For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration of this greenhouse gas surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015, according to NOAA’s latest results.

Greenhouse gas benchmark reached

“It was only a matter of time that we would average 400 parts per million globally,” said Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. “We first reported 400 ppm when all of our Arctic sites reached that value in the spring of 2012. In 2013 the record at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory first crossed the 400 ppm threshold. Reaching 400 parts per million as a global average is a significant milestone. Measuring greenhouse gases. Story of Stuff. Causes of Climate Change.

Key Points Both natural and human factors change Earth’s climate.

Causes of Climate Change

Before humans, changes in climate resulted entirely from natural causes such as changes in Earth’s orbit, changes in solar activity, or volcanic eruptions. Since the Industrial Era began, humans have had an increasing effect on climate, particularly by adding billions of tons of heat-trapping greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Most of the observed warming since the mid-20th century is due to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Extreme Ice Survey - Extreme Ice Survey. Earth Vision Institute, Founded by James Balog.

Science. EARTH HOUR. Download NASA's Eyes. Seize Your Power. Sea Ice Atlas. Ivanpah. How Were Fossil Fuels Formed? Return to Challenges of Non-Renewable Energy This slideshow was produced by George Vibranz and Anne Glausser.

How Were Fossil Fuels Formed?

Shale gas is a fossil fuel that formed millions of years ago. Different kinds of fossil fuels — coals, oils, and natural gases — formed as dead plants and animals decayed. Scientists refer to such remains as “organic matter.” The element carbon is the foundation for organic matter on Earth. This narrated slide show is part of our Challenges of Non-Renewable Energy series. Pre-viewing Questions What do you already know about fossil fuels? Focus Questions for Viewing How did shale form over time?

Post-viewing Questions Scientists say that nearly all of the energy on Earth comes from the sun. Extension Activity Conduct research to find shale gas deposits that have been discovered near your state. Links to Learn More. Getting the Picture. The Big Energy Question. Interactive Map: Four Ways to Look at Carbon Footprints. About this graphic Graphics by Stephen Rountree and Adam Marr Source: World Resources Institute CAIT 2.0 climate data explorer Emissions data and national boundaries are from 2010.

Interactive Map: Four Ways to Look at Carbon Footprints

For current emissions, per capita emissions, and intensity, the data are measured in tons of "carbon dioxide equivalent. " That is, they include carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases (methane, nitrous oxides, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride) as measured by their global warming potential. Cumulative emissions are measured in tons of carbon dioxide only. The emissions of Brazil and Indonesia may be understated because the numbers do not include calculations on land use change and forestry. Carbon Dioxide. U.S. Geological Survey: Climate and Land Use Change. Getting the Picture. Footprint Basics - Overview. Human activities consume resources and produce waste, and as our populations grow and global consumption increases, it is essential that we measure nature’s capacity to meet these demands.

Footprint Basics - Overview

The Ecological Footprint has emerged as one of the world’s leading measures of human demand on nature. Simply put, Ecological Footprint Accounting addresses whether the planet is large enough to keep up with the demands of humanity. The Footprint represents two sides of a balance sheet. On the asset side, biocapacity represents the planet’s biologically productive land areas including our forests, pastures, cropland and fisheries.

These areas, especially if left unharvested, can also absorb much of the waste we generate, especially our carbon emissions. Seize Your Power.