Global Warming Facts and Our Future

Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of the Sciences

This virtual museum website provides easily understood scientific information that helps both policy makers and the public answer important questions about the changing global climate in order to promote informed decisions. The site examines the Earth's natural carbon balance and the ways that humans are affecting this balance, then goes on to explore possible responses to global warming both at a personal and national level. It explains some of the methods for measuring past change and modeling future changes, as well as discussing the impacts of and responses to global warming. There are several teaching activities listed as "pre- and post-visit," though they may also be used as stand-alone exercises, and four more teaching activities in the 'Responses to Change' section of the site, including a carbon dioxide calculator that examines personal and national actions that could be taken to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Climate Change:Public policy , Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Greenhouse gas emissions, Public policy, Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Decision-Making, US National Policy, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Greenhouse gas emissions
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Activities
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), Intermediate (3-5)
Climate Literacy Principles: Human Activities and Change, Sun Drives Earth System:Greenhouse Effect, UV, Infrared
Environmental Policy: ,
Topics: Atmosphere, Human Dimensions/Resources, Climate
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Public Policy, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science