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Climate Change & Global Warming

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Global Warming vs. Climate Change

Q: What's the difference between "global warming and "climate change"? This NASA post looks at the differences.

A: Global warming refers to surface temperature increases, while climate change includes global warming and everything else that increasing greenhouse gas amounts will affect.

This NASA post goes in-depth into the differences.

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Why people don't care about climate change

This article in the Chicago Tribune looks at research about what's stopping the public from caring more about global warming. It turns out it's climate advocates.

According to the article, research shows how governments, politicians and companies have framed climate change and its solutions in ways that seem intuitive but often fail — and can make things worse. For example, trumpeting the environmental benefits of energy efficiency can change people's behavior — but only for liberals. For everyone else, stressing economic benefits produced better results.

This wide ranging article can be a good starting point for a discussion of why everyone reacts differently.

Nature Is Speaking

Conservation International has created a series of videos looking at Climate Change and our impact on the planet.

In this video Julia Roberts is the voice of Mother Nature, explaining that the earth will go on, with or without us. Our choice. Nature doesn't care.

A very powerful video.

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NOAA's Ten Signs of a Warming World

The National Organization for Atmospheric Sciences tracks climate data, such as the rate of melting glaciers. It has developed many educational resources.

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NASA: Climate Change

NASA has a site devoted to Climate Change. This resource includes latest information and long term trends, images, videos and potential solutions.

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National Center for Science Education

The National Center for Science Education is a great resource on this topic. Their goal is to defend the integrity of science education against ideological interference. NCSE works at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that topics including climate change are taught accurately, honestly, and confidently.

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National Geographic Climate Change News

The National Geographic Society has dedicated a portion of their web site to climate change news and information.

Check out these pages for current items and topics, encouraging student discussion.

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