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Atmospheric Carbon: Can We Offset the Increase?
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This is a multi-step activity that helps students measure, investigate, and understand the increase in atmospheric CO2 and the utility of carbon offsets. It also enables students to understand that carbon offsets, through reforestation, are not sufficient to balance increases in atmospheric C02 concentration.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Jocelyn Boucher
Maine Maritime Academy
On the Cutting Edge
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Atmospheric Processes
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This image depicts a representative subset of the atmospheric processes related to aerosol lifecycles, cloud lifecycles, and aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions that must be understood to improve future climate predictions.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Climate Placemat: Energy-Climate Nexus
US Department of Energy
US Department of Energy Office of Science
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide
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This is a figure from the 2007 IPCC Assessment Report 4 on atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide over the last 10,000 years (large panels) and since 1750 (inset panels).

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Physical Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change)
Date Added:
01/22/2018
At the Core of Climate Change
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This video shows where and how ice cores are extracted from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The cores are cut, packaged, flown to the ice core storage facility in Denver, further sliced into samples, and shipped to labs all over the world where scientists use them to study indicators of climate change from the past.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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KQED
Teachers' Domain
Date Added:
02/06/2023
Automotive Emissions and the Greenhouse Effect
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This is a laboratory activity in which students will compare the amount of carbon dioxide in four different sources of gas and determine the carbon dioxide contribution from automobiles. They test ambient air, human exhalation, automobile exhaust, and nearly pure carbon dioxide from a vinegar/baking soda mixture.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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Author:
Texas State Energy Conservation Office
Date Added:
01/22/2018
Baking the Breadbasket: Persistent Drought in the Heartland
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In this video, NOAA's Deke Arndt, Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at the National Climatic Data Center, recaps the temperature and precipitation data for the continental US in summer 2012. It describes how these conditions have led to drought and reduced crop yields.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Deke Arndt
NOAA
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Basic Coordinates and Seasons Lab
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This interactive activity, in applet form, guides students through the motion of the sun and how they relate to seasons.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
David Hudgins
Edward Prather
Kevin Lee
University of Nebraska-Lincoln astronomy education group
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Beat the Uncertainty: Planning Climate-Resilient Cities
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This learning activity explores the concept of resiliency. It allows students to make city planning decisions and then employs a game to test their resilience decisions against potential impacts from severe weather, climate change, and natural hazards.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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Author:
Astrid Kause
Dinh Thai Hung
NOAA
Peg Steffen
Susan Fox
Tarlise Townsend
Than Ngo Duc
Vinh Nguyen Li Ai
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Beetle Outbreaks and Climate Change
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This interactive shows the extent of the killing of lodgepole pine trees in western Canada. The spread of pine beetle throughout British Columbia has devastated the lodgepole pine forests there. This animation shows the spread of the beetle and the increasing numbers of trees affected from 1999-2008 and predicts the spread up until 2015.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
02/06/2023
Bering Sea Expedition
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Learners research the effects of melting sea ice in the Bering Sea Ecosystem. They create research proposals to earn a place on the scientific research vessel Healy and present their findings and proposals to a Research Board committee.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Alaska Sea Grant
Alaska Seas and Rivers Curriculum
Date Added:
01/22/2018
The Big Energy Gamble
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In this activity, students conduct an energy audit to determine how much carbon dioxide their family is releasing into the atmosphere and then make recommendations for minimizing their family's carbon footprint.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Jeff Lockwood
NOVA Teachers
Date Added:
01/22/2018
The Big Melt
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This is a collection of five short videos that show how climate change is affecting fishing, native populations and access for the oil and gas industry in the Arctic. The videos include personal reflections by writers Andrew C. Revkin and Simon Romero, scientists, and residents about their experience of the impacts of the climate change in the Arctic.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Andrew C Revkin
Simon Romero
The New York Times
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters
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This set of interactive data visualizations show the weather and climate events that have had the greatest economic impact on the US from 1980 to 2016.

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Physical Science
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NOAA
National Center for Environmental Education
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Biofuels 101
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This suite of short video clips is part of a series produced by the Switch Energy project. There are several video segments that discuss different perspectives of biofuels as a renewable source of energy.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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Switch Energy
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Biofuels Video
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This video provides an overview of the research of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on converting biomass to liquid fuels.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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Fireside Productions
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Biomass - Creating Bio-Diesel
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This detailed chemistry lesson from the U.S. Department of Energy focuses on transforming vegetable oil into biodiesel through a process of transesterification. The process described offers a good model for many chemical reaction processes that are used to produce a viable product.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Matthew A. Brown
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Raymond I. Quintana
Date Added:
01/22/2018
Biomass - Investigating Gases
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In this lab activity students generate their own biomass gases by heating wood pellets or wood splints in a test tube. They collect the resulting gases and use the gas to roast a marshmallow. Students also evaluate which biomass fuel is the best by their own criteria or by examining the volume of gas produced by each type of fuel.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Eric Eric Benson
Melissa Highfill
US Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Energy Education and Workforce Development
Date Added:
01/22/2018
Bioprospecting for cellulose-degrading microbes: Individual Isolate Method
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This is a long-term inquiry activity in which students investigate locations they believe harbor cellulose-digesting microbes, collect samples, isolate them on selective media, and screen them for cellulase activity. These novel microbes may be useful for the production of cellulosic ethanol. In the process they learn about plating techniques, serial dilutions, symbiotic relationships and enzyme specificity. Two methods are provided, one focusing on isolation of pure microbial strains, the other focusing on finding symbiotic communities of microbes. The companion activity is here: https://www.glbrc.org/outreach/educational-materials/bioprospecting-cellulose-degrading-microbes-filter-paper-assay

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Simulation
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
U.S. Department of Energy
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Birds, Mosquitoes, and Viruses
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In this activity, students distinguish between directly and indirectly transmitted diseases and participate in a group game to simulate the spread of vector-borne diseases. They then research a particular pathogenic disease to learn how global warming and biodiversity loss can affect disease transmission.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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Ecohealth
Date Added:
02/07/2023
Black Carbon
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This video describes what black carbon is, where is comes from, and how it contributes to sea ice melt and global warming.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
David Ladd
Katie Snider
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)
Rob Reese
Date Added:
02/07/2023