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Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 6 minutes, 16 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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YouTube Video

Can Mass Carbon Capture Really Work?

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  • This engaging PBS video clearly explains the process of carbon capture. 
  • The video also explores different methods that have been explored for large-scale use of carbon capture, presenting both the positive and negative impacts.
Teaching Tips


  • The video includes images, music, graphics, and text to engage students. 
  • The video open-endedly looks at both positives and negatives of proposed solutions, leaving room for class discussions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need to have a basic understanding of carbon dioxide and global warming. 
  • There is an advertisement before the video and the content finishes at 5 minutes and 35 seconds.


Scientist Notes
There are some people who believe that the cure for climate change is to take carbon dioxide directly out of the air. Unfortunately, even in the 3+ years since this video was produced, that still remains unfeasable. This PBS video explores these ideas and explains what the true cure for climate change is. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS.ESS3.1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS.ESS3.4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
      • HS.ESS3.6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity (i.e., climate change).
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS.ETS1.2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
      • HS.ETS1.1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
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