For the Teachers - Climate Resources

Teaching resources for climate change / global warming

-------------------

ECS Climate Course to train Middle School teachers about climate 

DataStreme ECS has major support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to conduct a Teacher Enhancement Project with a strong leadership component. An innovative Internet-based distance-learning course directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers, has been developed and is being implemented nationwide. The course, DataStreme Earth's Climate System (ECS), incorporates inquiry-based instructional strategies and a holistic concept of Earth from oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial climate and problem-focused perspectives. It is designed after the other highly successful DataStreme distance-learning courses.

Go to top of page

------------------ 

Profiles of Scientists for Students

Here are some great profiles to excite and inform students about scientists.

Climate Scientists on RealClimate, the website run by climate scientists:

Go to top of page

-----------------

New US Science Standards include Climate Change and Weather

The Next Generation Science Standards NGSS guidelines for US Science teaching explicitly include climate change and weather at all grade levels K-12. HERE is an article.

Go to top of page

------------------

The World Wildlife Federation WWF has a Climate Curriculum.

The lesson plans are HERE.

 

Go to top of page

------------------

Also, why not try this great NOAA Teaching Resources site?

HERE is the NOAA Climate Program Office Education and Climate Literacy link. HERE is a videotaped talk to teachers about teaching climate literacy, at a Fermilab Global Warming Summit in 2008 by Dr. Frank Niepold.

HERE is Dr. Niepold's Powerpoint presentation.

Go to top of page

------------------  

CAMEL Climate Teaching Resources

Here is the RSS feed from a great website, www.camelclimatechange.org

CAMEL means Climate Adaptation Mitigation E-Learning

The CAMEL (Climate Adaption Mitigation E-Learning) project aspires to create an online learning community which will generate and use high-quality curricular materials about climate change and climate change solutions.  This work is being developed in partnership with NCSE’s Encyclopedia of Earth. This study is funded by the National Science Foundation, Award 0950396. 

n.b. picture from Wikipedia

Go to top of page

-------------

The impact of a global temperature rise of 4ºC (7 ºF)

The impacts of climate change will be widespread across the globe. In order to understand more about what the human impact of high-end climate change might be, and therefore what would happen if a successful agreement can not be reached at Copenhagen, the UK's Met Office Hadley Centre has produced a map outlining some of the impacts that may occur if the global average temperature rises by 4 °C (7 °F) above the pre-industrial climate average. The map represents the latest peer-reviewed science on the impacts.  

Using the map: This interactive version of the 4 degree map allows you to select which impacts you want to see, zoom on specific geographies and access more information about the science behind the map.

Go to top of page

------------------

And HERE is a new Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators

From the US Global Change Research Program.

Go to top of page

------------------

And from the AAAS Resources for Teachers:

Go to top of page

------------------

From the U.S. Climate Action Report (2010) here is a great document that has a long list of educational resources for climate teaching in Table 9-1: Federal climate change programs grouped by primary audience:

9. Education, Training and Outreach
[Fifth National Communication of the United States of America Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change]

Go to top of page

------------------

UN Climate Information Kit

This UN CLIMATE INFORMATION KIT is an excellent resource for information on climate change from the United Nations, World Meteorological Organization, and five other international agencies. The 63-page guide (downloads in pdf) is clearly written in plain English, and offers comprehensive information on the science of global climate change, potential impacts, adaptation and mitigation strategies, and policies. This policy emphasis - what the world is doing about climate change - sets this material apart. Data charts, including greenhouse gas emissions and their sources, are another useful feature. This thorough guide was updated in the summer of 2001 with information from the latest reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading authority on the subject. Note: International units are used in this guide, so take this opportunity to familiarize your students with converting degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit and metric measurements to English ones (e.g., meters to feet).

Go to top of page

------------------

ACE ( Alliance for Climate Education)

Our mission is to educate high school students on the science behind climate change and inspire them to take action to curb the causes of global warming.

Educate high school students about climate change science via our free multimedia assemblies

Inspire students to lower your emissions and raise your voice

Take Action through carbon-reducing projects in schools and communities, with grant and scholarship opportunities.

Here is a short VIDEO:

Go to top of page

------------------

HERE is an interesting automated timeline about the earth and climate change, alongside events in human history.  

 

Go to top of page

------------------

And from the Kids site at the US Energy Information Administration, HERE is a great description of Greenhouse Effect and how it affects the earth:

 

Go to top of page

------------------

HERE is a great video on climate education for teachers at the Will Steger Foundation. HERE are ready-to-go teacher resources for teaching about climate change.

Go to top of page

------------------

Brookings Institute Approach to Climate Education

The Brookings Institute has an approach of Combating Climate Change through Quality Education. HERE is their paper. The site says:

There is a clear education agenda in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, which require learning new knowledge and skills and changing behaviors in order to reduce the vulnerabilities and manage the risks of climate change...The brief presents a framework for the existing communities of practice to  mobilize around in order to promote education for sustainable development and also integrate disaster risk reduction, quality learning, and environmental and climate change education.

Go to top of page

------------------

HERE are climate logos for kids that you might find helpful in teaching about climate change.

Go to top of page

------------------

The Climate Portal you are reading has lots of teaching resources

Go to top of page

------------------

Last edit 28Feb2017

  • Climate Videos - Links Featured Video Climate Videos - Links

    Videos: Global Warming / Climate Change also great audio presentation LINKS U. S. National Academies: America's Climate Choices   National... More »

  • Carbon Tax Bill introduced by Rep. Stark Featured News Article Carbon Tax Bill introduced by Rep. Stark Carbon Tax Bill introduced by Rep. Stark

    Stark Introduces Carbon Tax Bill to Reduce Emissions, Deficit 
CBO Says Carbon Tax is Most Economically Efficient Way to Cut Carbon Emissions WASHINGTON October 24, 2011 -... More »

  • Earth Summit Rio+20 Paper (CoNGO CSD) Featured Article Earth Summit Rio+20 Paper (CoNGO CSD) Earth Summit Rio+20 Paper (CoNGO CSD)

    CoNGO CSD Earth Summit 2012 Discussion Paper(function() { var scribd = document.createElement("script"); scribd.type = "text/javascript"; scribd.async = true; scribd.src =... More »

  • The Debunking Handbook Featured Article The Debunking Handbook The Debunking Handbook

    THE DEBUNKING HANDBOOK Ever wonder how to debunk the fallacious pseudo-science of the climate contrarians / faux-skeptics / deniers in an effective manner? John Cook and Stephan... More »

  • Environment News Blog Featured Blog Post Environment News Blog Environment News Blog

    Environmental News Related to Climate Change The composite photos of the earth are by NASA (2001-2002). Here is the RSS feed from the Energy & Environment News... More »

Recently Updated
MIT Climatologist Kerry Emanuel castigates "Climategate" attacks Last Updated on 2017-03-29 21:41:30 The distinguished MIT climatologist Prof. Kerry Emanuel wrote a very hard-hitting essay: "Climategate": A Different Perspective, posted on the politically conservative National Association of Scholars NAS website on 7/19/10. Emanuel castigates the vicious right-wing attack on legitimate climate science that uses the pretext of the hacked emails and the minor IPCC report errors. This essay is extremely important. Click here for quotes. HERE is a video of Emanuel testifying recently before the Science and Technology Committee of the US House of Representatives:      Go to top ------------------ QUOTES from Emanuel's essay on climate" ...the scandal I see is very different from the one that has been presented to NAS members. Climategate is merely the latest in a series of coordinated, politically motivated attacks that represent an... More »
The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia U Last Updated on 2017-01-29 10:05:32    The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law   The Sabin Center develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains students and lawyers in their use, and provides up-to-date resources on key topics in climate change law and regulation. Here are the Sabin Center key activities in 2016  Here is the Climate Deregulation Tracker Here is the extensive document of CLIMATE CHANGE LITIGATION IN THE U.S.  Climate Blog --------------  Adaptation Managed Retreat CDBG CEQR Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Clean Water Act Climate Disclosures Climate Engineering Climate Finance Congress COP22 Energy Cap & Trade Carbon Tax Coal Energy Efficiency Fossil Fuels Grid Nuclear... More »
Earth Summit Rio+20 Paper (CoNGO CSD) Last Updated on 2017-01-16 08:25:56 CoNGO CSD Earth Summit 2012 Discussion Paper(function() { var scribd = document.createElement("script"); scribd.type = "text/javascript"; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = "http://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })(); More »
The Contrarians? Full article with references Last Updated on 2017-01-16 08:14:16   Climate Contrarians AKA climate science deniers or climate "faux" skeptics spread disinformation about climate and try to prevent responsible climate risk management. Information for this rather comprehensive article is drawn from the many sources and links in the text. Who are the contrarians? What is the contrarian Agenda? What do contrarians Say about global warming? [The "Four Fallacy Trenches"] What about Real Scientific Skepticism and contrarians? What are some Contrarian Tactics and Fallacies? What about "fringe" contrarian ideas? Aren't there some contrarians with credentials who disproved mainstream climate science? ANSWER = NO The Tobacco Analogy What do contrarians misunderstand about climate Risk Management? or WHY CONTRARIANS ARE CLIMATE RISK... More »
Department of Defense Acknowledges Risks of Climate Change Last Updated on 2017-01-16 08:13:02 IS CLIMATE CHANGE A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT? THE U.S. MILITARY AND MILITARY EXPERTS SAY YES! 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review Video on the military aspects of climate change - Watch it! Analysis (Guy Quinlan) The Waxman-Whitehouse letter on National security and climate change Climate Risks Relevant to Speech by John Kerry  (by Climate Nexus) 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review   2014 QUADRENNIAL DEFENSE REVIEW Full text is HERE. Quotes from the review are below: "The impacts of climate change may increase the frequency, scale, and complexity of future missions, including defense support to civil authorities, while at the same time undermining the capacity of our domestic installations to support training activities." "Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As... More »