climate change

EARTH Magazine: Early Spring Thaw Triggers Arctic Greenhouse Gas Release

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine (AGI), March 20, 2017  --  The Arctic looks pretty inactive during the winter, but more may be happening than meets the eye.  According to a recent study, some carbon dioxide and methane are released during the early spring thaw, suggesting that critical processes are taking place during the Arctic winter. 

Listen Current: Climate Change Summit

Listen Current

November 29, 2015  --  This week the United Nations Conference on Climate Change begins in Paris, France. This is an annual meeting of all countries that want to work together to improve the climate. To help discuss this with your students, Listen Current has highlighted their resources about climate change.

Access the audio file and lesson plans at the Listen Current website (you can register for a free account to access all these teaching materials and more):

Climate Change Resources from The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute

The Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP) at The Franklin Institute has table top activities (or “kits”) for loan, for free to show Philadelphians what climate change means for them, and what they can do about it. They have 30 sets of each kit, complete with materials, and corresponding lesson plans that expound upon the science concepts in each. You can check out all the kits they have, and request them at:

NSF Climate Change Education Resource

National Science Foundation

For the latest, most up-to-date information on climate change, the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers a new website. "Our planet's climate affects - and is affected by - the sky, land, ice, sea, life, and people found on it. To understand the entire story of climate change," according to the site, "we must study all of the natural and human systems that contribute to and interact with Earth's climate system."  Visit: 

Listen Current: Arctic Explorer from Franklin Expedition Found

Listen Current

This story, about the discovery of a long lost ship, is a fascinating way to discuss early exploration efforts as well as global warming. In 1845 two ships led by Sir John Franklin left England searching for a northern route across the globe, known as the Northwest Passage. They never returned. 169 years later, a helicopter pilot found a clue that led the Canadian government to one of the missing ships. From sonar imaging to video cameras on submarines, archeologists have confirmed that this is one of the abandoned ships from the famous expedition.

AAAS "What we Know" Initiative Concerning Climate Change

From AAAS  --  Based on the evidence, more than 97% of climate experts have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening. What We Know helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge.

Read the Backgrounder document to Get The Facts.  View the videos to Hear from Scientists (one is embedded below as an example).

IPCC Report in 19 Illustrated Haiku

Reports released by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) can be daunting, even for science and policy insiders. The full Physical Science Assessment, the first installment of the Fifth Assessment Report (pdf), released in manuscript form earlier this year, is over 2,000 pages long.

And even the Summary for Policymakers, rather optimistically referred to as a “brochure,” is a dense 27 pages.