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Science, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 1 minute, 42 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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NASA's Earth Minute: Gas Problem

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  • This short, animated video explains what greenhouse gases are, how they function to help the Earth, and how they harm the Earth. 
  • This video describes how gases like CO2 cycle through Earth's systems. 
  • This video also explains what fossil fuel are, how they combine with oxygen, and their impact on global warming. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video is concise and breaks down complicated ideas and processes into an easy to understand format.
  • This video does a good job of showing the negative and positive effects of greenhouse gases and how humans have impacted them.
  • This video shows that the more that people learn about climate change, the more people can do to deal with its effects.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be an ad before the video.
  • Students should be familiar with the greenhouse effect.
  • Students should know what an eon is.


Scientist Notes
This resource is an excellent primer on greenhouse gases, the greenhouse effect, and the carbon cycle. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 7.SL.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 7.ESS2.1 Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
      • HS.ESS2.6 Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
    • 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.
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