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Climate Change Resources


"The phrase 'climate change' is growing in preferred use to 'global warming' because it helps convey that there are changes in addition to rising temperatures."
The National Academies

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National Climate Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts
The NOAA Climate Program Office site includes a guide describing the seven essential principles of climate literacy, highlighted presentations, documents for teaching climate change, and information on other science literacy initiatives.

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Climate Change Minute
Podcasts to accompany the seven principles of climate literacy


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NOAA Education Resources: Climate Change Impacts
Multimedia, Lessons and Activities, Real World Data, and Background Information

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Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan (2013)
Executive Summary
Full Report

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NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
Teaching modules, reading selections and problem-solving activities

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Climate Change at the National Academies
Reports and web-based resources produced by committees of the nation's top scientists, engineers, and climate experts.


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Video link to the 14-min. documentary entitled
"Ahead of the Curve: States Lead on Climate Change"
featuring Governors O'Malley, Pawlenty, Crist, and Napolitano.
The site also contains links to science organizations and government agencies.

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Global Systems Science
Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education Professional Learning Community and teaching resources for climate change.

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Climate Change and Coral Reefs Lesson
Developed in collaboration with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chante (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations to provide the world with a clear, balanced view of the present state of understanding of climate change. The main activity of the IPCC is to provide in regular intervals Assessment Reports of the state of knowledge on climate change.

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Green Facts on Climate Change
Provides a concise summary, details, and original source documentation for the IPCC 2007 Report

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The Keystone Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy and The National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • Middle School CSI: Climate Status Investigations (grades 5-8)
    The middle school CSI module integrates math, language arts, science and social studies. 40 lesson plans, an inquiry-based investigation of the science of global climate change, the primary sources of greenhouse gases, and potential solutions, such as sequestration.

    All activities are aligned to the National Education Standards and include background information, materials lists and student assessment. The lessons and labs also include the use of technology when appropriate.

Students are given the tools to evaluate possible responses and multiple points of view, and are further challenged to work both independently and together to develop an acceptable plan of action. This multi-disciplinary, hands-on curriculum includes biology, Earth science, chemistry, physics, and ecology as well as language arts, math, and social studies connections immersed in each lesson. The lessons and labs also include the use of technology when appropriate.

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EPA's Climate
Change Site
offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change  science, policies, actions, resources.

EPA'S Climate Change for Kids
EPA's Climate Change for Kids


 

 




 


 

 

UCAR Logo - Project Learn

Resources for students and teachers on the science of climate change including Project Learn.

 

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Project Learn

PROJECT LEARN: NSF-funded teaching modules by teachers presenting credible and up-to-date teaching materials on issues related to climate change and atmospheric chemistry. Grades 7-9

Sample activity titles from Module 1:

NASA Global Change Master Directory
Global Change Data You Can Use
Links to Online Global Change Resources
Educational Earth Science Services and Resources

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Earth Science at NASA
Teacher and student Earth science and oceanography learning resources
NOAA Resources
NOAA Climate Page
NOAA Ocean Service Lessons (in partnership with NSTA)

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National Center for Atmospheric Research
Scroll to bottom for middle school lessons and web resources

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Climate Change Science: An Analysis of Some Key Questions
This study originated from a White House request to help inform the Administration's ongoing review of U.S. climate change policy.

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
This site gives an up-to-date information on the Kyoto Protocol.

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US Global Change Research Program
This site integrates the climate change work of all federal agencies

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US Global Change Research Information Office
Environmental Education and Outreach Resources

 

 


Page Updated: 12.14.2011



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