Energy Use By Humans

Arthur Few, Rice University, Space Physics and Astronomy

This module promotes an appreciation and understanding of energy and its behavior, how we use energy and what its appropriate uses are, some of the gross misuses of energy and how to learn from our mistakes so as to become better energy consumers, the value of fuels in the energy picture and the importance of economics and policy in influencing behavior, and how energy use by humans involves not just the energy itself, but the climate as well.

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Subject: Biology
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Climate Literacy Principles: Making Decisions, Human Activities and Change, Complex Interactions, Sun Drives Earth System
Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources, Biosphere, Chemistry/Physics/MathematicsKeywords: energy use by humans, forms of energy, energy transformations, energy efficiency