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Science, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 6 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 34 seconds, CC, Subtitles
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  • This course on the causes of climate change features sections on the greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, emissions by source, emissions by end use, and emissions by country. 
  • This course contains text, interactive questions, infographics, data charts, links to references, and an interactive quiz.  

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  • This course is a great introduction to climate change and provides a detailed look at greenhouse gas emissions by source, activity, and country.
  • Students earn a certificate if they complete the course.

    Additional Prerequisites

    • This course is part of a series of climate change courses from ClimateScience.   
    • Students will need a computer and Internet connection to use the interactive features and watch the videos.
    • The graph of Emissions by Sector groups many categories into "energy".  For a more descriptive chart of sources that includes transportation, you can use this resource on emissions by sector.
    • Here is a Table of Solutions that will reduce greenhouse gases the most.


      Scientist Notes
      This resource explains the greenhouse effect and how human activities are causing global warming in a simplified and compelling manner. The figures and data are accurate, and this resource is recommended for teaching.
    • English Language Arts
      • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
        • 6-8.RST.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
        • 9-10.RST.10 By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
        • 11-12.RST.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
    • Science
      • ESS2: Earth's Systems
        • HS.ESS2.2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
      • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
        • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
        • 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).
    • Social Sciences
      • Economics (K-8)
        • 7.8 Examine how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
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