Climate Change & Global Warming
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.
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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The National Organization for Atmospheric Sciences tracks climate data, such as the rate of melting glaciers. It has developed many educational resources.
NASA has a site devoted to Climate Change. This resource includes latest information and long term trends, images, videos and potential solutions.
After the U.S. presidential elections, there has been speculation and concern about what a Trump presidency will mean for scientifically informed policy, for science funding and for science education.
This article written in late November, 2016 takes a look at the confusion and concern regarding how the incoming administration will affect climate change education, and climate change itself.
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.
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.