Reading: Teaching Climate Change in the Mathematics Classroom

An article by Richard Barwell, University of Ottawa titled ’Climate change in the mathematics classroom: a local approach to a global challenge’ that describes how mathematics teachers can prepare their students to engage with climate change. This reading hosted on the Canadian Mathematical Society’s website includes discussions on the following topics:

  1. The mathematics of climate change 
  2. The role of citizens
  3. A critical mathematics perspective
  4. Mathematics teaching and climate change: a local approach 

Students will understand the role of mathematics in understanding and dealing with climate change. They will also discuss the use of mathematics in emphasizing the role of citizens when dealing with climate change.  

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the role of mathematics in understanding climate change?
  2. How can local weather and climate data be used in mathematics teaching?

About the Tool 

Tool NameClimate change in the mathematics classroom: a local approach to a global challenge
DisciplineMathematics and Statistics
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview 
Climate Topic Climate Literacy
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelHigh school, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byRichard Barwell, University of Ottawa
Hosted atCanadian Mathematical Society
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Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: The Concrete Problem

A reading that describes how the cement industry contributes to global warming. This reading by Carbon Brief discusses the production of traditional cement and how this contributes to 8% of carbon dioxide emissions globally. It further highlights the projected increase in demand for concrete, particularly in developing countries, and how this could potentially raise emissions further. 

Students will learn about global large-scale cement production and the resulting carbon emissions. They will also learn about alternate and ‘novel’ methods of production that are being researched and the complexities of switching to these modes of production. They will further understand the practical, political and economic complexities with respect to cutting emissions as per global standards. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is cement and how is it produced?
  2. List some of the reasons ‘emissions per tonne of output’ has reduced in cement production? In contrast, why are sector emissions still on the rise? 
  3. Discuss the current ‘roadmap’ of cement production with respect to the 2C scenario.

About the tool

Tool Name‘Q&A: Why cement emissions matter for climate change’
DisciplineChemistry, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineEnvironmental Chemistry, Cement, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Pollution
Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere; Climate and the Anthroposphere
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byJocelyn Timperley, Carbon Brief
Hosted atCarbon Brief Website
Linkhttps://www.carbonbrief.org/qa-why-cement-emissions-matter-for-climate-change
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Climate Change Mathematics

A reading by Chris Budd, University of Bath titled ‘The Mathematics of Climate Change’ that discusses the use of mathematical concepts and techniques to address climate change. The reading demonstrates the use of mathematical modelling, probability, statistics, dynamical systems theory and scientific computing to understand global warming, loss of ice, sea level rise, extreme weather events and make future predictions. 

Students will understand how mathematics contributes in understanding the Earth’s climate system and climate change. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the role of mathematics in understanding climate change?
  2. How can mathematical models be used for climate prediction?

About the Tool 

Tool NameThe Mathematics of Climate Change
DisciplineMathematics and Statistics
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Mathematical Modelling, Probability, Statistics, Dynamical Systems Theory, Climate Modelling 
Climate Topic Climate Literacy
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byChris Budd 
Hosted atGresham College
LinkLink
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Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Chemistry and Climate Change

A‌ ‌reading tited ‘Role of Chemistry in Earth’s Climate’ by A. R. Ravishankara, Yinon Rudich, and John A. Pyle in the American Chemical Society. This article is part of the ‘Chemistry in Climate’ special issue  and provides an overview of the links between chemistry and climate change. This short article describes how concepts in chemistry can be used to understand the Earth’s climate including the correlation between the release of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, aerosols and global warming. 

Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ introduced to how the study of chemistry can contribute towards our understanding of the Earth’s climate and climate change due to anthropogenic causes. They will also learn about greenhouse gases, carbon chemistry, various pollutants and how they impact Earth’s climate. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:  ‌

  1. What is the role of chemistry in understanding climate change?
  2. How have anthropogenic emissions impacted Earth’s climate change?

 ‌About‌ ‌the‌ ‌tool‌ ‌

Tool‌ ‌Name‌ ‌Role of Chemistry in Earth’s Climate
Discipline‌ ‌Chemistry,‌ ‌Earth‌ ‌Sciences‌ ‌
Topic(s)‌ ‌in‌ ‌Discipline‌ ‌Climate Change Overview, Environmental Chemistry
Climate‌ ‌Topic‌ ‌ ‌Introduction to Climate Change; Climate Literacy
Type‌ ‌of‌ ‌tool‌ ‌ ‌Reading
Grade‌ ‌Level‌ ‌High School, Undergraduate
Location‌ ‌Global‌ ‌
Language‌ ‌English‌ ‌ ‌
Translation‌ ‌
Developed‌ ‌by‌ ‌A. R. Ravishankara, Yinon Rudich, and John A. Pyle
Hosted‌ ‌at‌ ‌ACS Publications‌ (American Chemical Society)
Link‌ ‌Link
Access‌ ‌Online‌ ‌
Computer‌ ‌Skills‌ ‌Basic‌ ‌

Reading: Climate Change: The Chemistry Connection

A‌ ‌reading titled, ‘Finding Chemistry Connections in Climate Change’ by Jason Olsen for the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), provides an introduction to climate change, its impacts and their connection to chemistry.  This reading includes discussions on topics in Chemistry that teachers can teach which have a connection with climate change understanding. These include 

  1. Chemical Reactions including conservation of mass, combustion reactions, balancing equations, stoichiometry/moles, exothermic reactions linked to Burning Fossil Fuels and CO2 Production as Climate Change Topics
  2. Gas Laws including pressure, temperature; Density including convection; Enthalpy; Kinetic Molecular Theory including states of matter, phase changes, latent heat linked to Extreme Weather Events as Climate Change Topics.
  3. Kinetic Molecular Theory including states of matter, phase changes; Conservation of mass linked to Declining Arctic Sea Ice, Decreased Snow Cover, Glacial Retreat and Sea Level Rise as Climate Change Topics.
  4. Solutions including dissolved gases; Acids and bases linked to Ocean Acidification as Climate Change Topic.
  5. Kinetic Molecular Theory including molecular motion, temperature; Enthalpy linked to Global Temperature/ Ocean Temperature as Climate Change Topics.
  6. Covalent bonds including molecular vibrations linked to Greenhouse Effect as Climate Change Topic.

Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ introduced to the main causes and effects of climate change. They will further understand the connections between chemistry and climate change, including burning fossil fuels and chemical reactions, extreme weather events and gas laws, and changing sea levels and Kinetic Molecular Theory. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:  ‌

  1. What is the role of chemistry in understanding climate change?
  2. How have anthropogenic emissions impacted Earth’s climate change?

 ‌About‌ ‌the‌ ‌tool‌ ‌

Tool‌ ‌Name‌ ‌Finding Chemistry Connections in Climate Change
Discipline‌ ‌Chemistry,‌ ‌Earth‌ ‌Sciences‌ ‌
Topic(s)‌ ‌in‌ ‌Discipline‌ ‌Climate Change Overview, Environmental Chemistry
Climate‌ ‌Topic‌ ‌ ‌Introduction to Climate Change; Climate Literacy
Type‌ ‌of‌ ‌tool‌ ‌ ‌Reading
Grade‌ ‌Level‌ ‌High School, Undergraduate
Location‌ ‌Global‌ ‌
Language‌ ‌English‌ ‌ ‌
Translation‌ ‌
Developed‌ ‌by‌ ‌Jason Olson
Hosted‌ ‌at‌ ‌American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT)
Link‌ ‌Link
Access‌ ‌Online‌ ‌
Computer‌ ‌Skills‌ ‌Basic‌ ‌

Reading: Climate Change: What Can You Do? A Comic

A comic book by Somdatta Karak, CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, India on climate solutions. This comic is inspired by a video discussion with OhScrapMadras and LataSitaa titled ‘Our Lifestyle Choices and Climate Crisis’ as part of the Climate Change Challenge outreach program of the CCMB. This reading can be used as an introduction to the topic of climate change by primary, middle school and high school teachers. It includes discussions on individual lifestyle choices and their carbon footprints. It focuses on  how the fashion industry is a contributor to global warming and other environmental pollution. 

Students will learn about what is climate change. They will learn about the contribution of the fashion industry to global warming. They will further learn about how new initiatives in the fashion industry are aiming to be carbon neutral. Additionally they will be introduced to climate solutions based on individual lifestyle choices. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is Climate Change?
  2. How does the fashion industry contribute to global warming?
  3. How do individual lifestyle choices help in mitigating the impacts of climate change? 

About the Tool 

Tool NameBe The Changemaker In Climate Crisis
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Solutions, Fashion
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelPrimary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed bySomdatta Karak
Hosted atClimate Change Challenge page of the CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology website here
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Climate Change Impacts- A Comic

A comic book by Somdatta Karak, CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, India that introduces the impacts of climate change on fragile ecosystems and how it affects the lives of people living there. This comic is inspired by a talk by Mayuresh Gangal, Nature Conservation Foundation, Bengaluru, India  titled ‘Fragile Ecosystems and Climate Crisis’ as part of the Climate Change Challenge outreach program of the CCMB. This reading can be used as an introduction to the topic of climate change by primary, middle school and high school teachers. It includes discussions on 

  1. What are fragile ecosystems?
  2. Climate Change impacts in fragile ecosystems such as Coral Islands
  3. The Coral Reef ecosystem
  4. Coral bleaching due to global warming
  5. Human migration due to the impacts of climate change
  6. Lives and livelihoods and climate refugees

Students will learn about what is climate change. They will learn about different fragile ecosystems such as coral islands, deserts, high mountains and deltas. They will further understand the impacts of climate change on coral islands and how the climate crises can lead to human migration from these fragile ecosystems. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is Climate Change?
  2. Describe the coral reef ecosystem.
  3. How is climate change causing the collapse of coral reefs in India and globally?
  4. What are climate refugees?

About the Tool 

Tool NameCaring For Others In The Climate Crisis
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Introduction to Climate Change, Ecosystems, Coral Reefs
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Literacy, Climate and the Biosphere
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelPrimary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed bySomdatta Karak
Hosted atClimate Change Challenge page of the CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology website published here
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Fossil Fuels and the Climate Crisis- A Comic

A comic book by Somdatta Karak, CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, India that introduces different forms of energy and how carbon based fossil fuels are causing global warming. This comic is inspired by a talk by Deepa Kushalani, TIFR, India  titled ‘Energy Sources and Climate Crisis’ as part of the Climate Change Challenge outreach program of the CCMB. This reading can be used as an introduction to the topic of climate change by primary, middle school and high school teachers. It includes discussions on 

  1. What is energy?
  2. What are the different sources of energy?
  3. How coal is the preferred energy source since the Industrial Revolution
  4. How the burning of coal leads to CO2 emissions that causes global warming
  5. Alternative sources of energy such as Solar, Wind, Nuclear energy 

Students will learn about what is climate change. They will also learn about different energy sources including traditional carbon based energy such as coal and renewable energy sources. They will also learn how human activity is causing an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere leading to global warming. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is Climate Change?
  2. List some non-renewable and renewable sources of energy.
  3. How did the widespread usage of coal since the Industrial Revolution lead to global warming? 

About the Tool 

Tool NameBalancing the Energy and Climate Crises
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Introduction to Climate Change, The Greenhouse Effect
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Literacy
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelPrimary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed bySomdatta Karak
Hosted atClimate Change Challenge page of the CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology website published here
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: What Is Climate Change? A Comic

A comic book by Somdatta Karak, CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, India that introduces what is  climate change. This comic is based on a talk by Joy Merwin Monteiro, IISER Pune titled ‘How do scientists study climate change?’ as part of the Climate Change Challenge outreach program of the CCMB. This reading can be used as an introduction to the topic of climate change by primary, middle school and high school teachers. It includes discussions on 

  1. The difference between weather and climate
  2. What determines the climate of planet Earth
  3. The Greenhouse effect of the atmosphere 
  4. Greenhouse gases such as CO2 and water vapor
  5. Impacts of global warming
  6. Methods of measuring climate change

Students will learn about what is climate change. They will also learn about what determines the climate of planet Earth. They will also learn how human activity is causing an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere leading to global warming and its impacts. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is Climate Change?
  2. How are human activities causing global warming?
  3. Discuss some impacts of global warming.
  4. How do scientists measure changes in the Earth’s climate?

About the Tool 

Tool NameWhat is Climate Change and How Do Scientists Study It?
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Introduction to Climate Change, The Greenhouse Effect
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Literacy
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelPrimary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed bySomdatta Karak
Hosted atClimate Change Challenge page of the CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology website published here
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Teaching Module: Feedback Mechanisms

A teaching module titled ‘Feedback mechanisms’ from the e-learning course titled ‘Earth in the Future’ developed by Timothy Bralower and David Bice, The Pennsylvania State University. This module discusses the various feedback mechanisms and is listed in Module 3: Earth’s Climate System of the e-learning course. This overview reading can be used as an introduction to the topic by teachers interested in teaching about long term cycles and feedback mechanisms. The reading includes the energy flow in the climate system of the earth. The reading includes the following topics: 

  1. Ice-Albedo Feedback 
  2. Weathering Feedback 
  3. Cloud Feedback 
  4. Positive and Negative Feedbacks

Students will learn about feedback mechanisms and their role in maintaining the earth’s energy and temperature. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Discusses the flow of energy in the Earth’s climate system. 
  2. Discuss the various feedback mechanisms and their role in regulating temperature?

About the Tool 

Tool NameFeedback Mechanisms
DisciplineEarth Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineFeedback Mechanisms, Energy Flow, Climate System, Ice-Albedo Feedback, Weathering Feedback, Cloud Feedback, Positive Feedback, Negative Feedback
Climate Topic Long-term Cycles and Feedback Mechanisms
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byTimothy Bralower and David Bice
Hosted atEarth in the Future, The Pennsylvania State University 
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Species extinction due to climate change

A review article on the proximate causes of climate change related species extinction. This article by Cahill et al in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B contains various case studies on direct and indirect effects of climate change that cause species extinction. These include habitat loss, change in biodiversity of the region and changes in species interaction.

Students will learn to assess the possible climatic factors responsible for the extinction of these species. They will also learn what are direct and indirect effects of climatic variations on the survival of a species. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What causes species extinction?
  2. What are the possible climatic factors responsible for the extinction of species? 
  3. Discuss a case study from the reading of how climate change can cause species extinction.

About the tool

Tool NameHow does climate change cause extinction?
DisciplineBiological Sciences, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Biodiversity, Conservation, Species Extinction, Endemic Species, Vulnerability of Species,
Susceptibility of Species, Habitat Loss, Endangered Species, Threatened Species
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byAbigail E. Cahill, Matthew E. Aiello-Lammens, M. Caitlin Fisher-Reid, Xia Hua,
Caitlin J. Karanewsky, Hae Yeong Ryu, Gena C. Sbeglia, Fabrizio Spagnolo, John B. Waldron, Omar Warsi and John J. Wiens 
Hosted atProceedings of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences)
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Computer SkillsBasic

Teaching Module: The Greenhouse Effect

A teaching module for teachers that explains what greenhouse gases are and describes their role in causing global warming. This resource developed by the Office for Climate Education (OCE) introduces students to the concept of the greenhouse effect and the importance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  The module is based on the IPCC Special Report -Global Warming of 1.5°C and has been developed especially for teachers.

Students will be introduced to the topic of greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere. They will further learn about the relationship between this effect and global warming. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is the ‘greenhouse effect’?
  2. Discuss how the industrial revolution has resulted in an increase in the concentration of some GHGs in the atmosphere and how this contributes to global warming.

About the tool

Tool Name‘A. Understanding global warming’, pages 7-9 of the document,
‘IPCC Special Report “Global Warming of 1.5 0 C”- Summary for Teachers’
DisciplineChemistry
Topic(s) in DisciplineGreenhouse Effect, Greenhouse Gases (GHGs), Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
Global Warming, Global Warming Potential (GWP)
Climate Topic Greenhouse Effect; Introduction to Climate Change
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelMiddle School, High School
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byOffice for Climate Education (OCE)
Hosted atOffice for Climate Education (OCE) Website
LinkLink
AccessOnline/Offline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Climate and the Hydrosphere

A short reading by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Center for Science Education that summarizes the hydrosphere and its role in determining the climate of planet Earth. This overview reading can be used as an introduction to the topic by teachers interested in teaching about climate change and the role of the hydrosphere. It focuses on the water cycle and climate change.

This reading includes overview discussions on the following topics:

  1. Climate change affects evaporation and precipitation
  2. Changing climate means changing weather
  3. Clouds affect the climate and climate affects the clouds
  4. Worldwide, sea level is rising because of climate change
  5. Ocean water is warming and growing acidic
  6. Sea ice is shrinking, causing more warming

The reading also includes links to further information on 

  1. Clouds, Precipitation, and Climate Change
  2. Climate and Ice
  3. Rising Sea Level
  4. Weather and the Water Cycle

Students will understand the hydrosphere and its components and its role in determining the climate of the planet. They will also understand about the water cycle and climate change impacts on the hydrosphere.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss climate change and the role of the hydrosphere.
  2. How does climate change affects evaporation and precipitation
  3. What is the effect of clouds on Earth’s climate

About the Tool 

Tool NameThe Water Cycle and Climate Change
DisciplineEarth Sciences, Geography
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview
Climate Topic Climate and the Hydrosphere; Climate Literacy
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelHigh School; Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byCenter for Science Education, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Hosted atCenter for Science Education, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) website
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Black Carbon – An Introduction

An infographic that contains information on black carbon in the atmosphere and its contribution to global warming. This infographic titled, ‘Black Carbon’, by Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), explains what black carbon is, its sources, emission rates, impacts on health and climate, and solutions to reduce its emission.

Students will get a brief overview of how black carbon is formed, how long it remains in the atmosphere and its impacts on climate and health. They will also learn about some of the solutions that have been suggested to curb this pollutant. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Describe some of the impacts of black carbon on climate and health.
  2. Discuss the feasibility of the solutions proposed in the infographic in the context of a developing country. 

About the tool

Tool NameBlack carbon
DisciplineChemistry
Topic(s) in DisciplineCarbon Chemistry, Allotropy, Allotropes of carbon, Black Carbon, Greenhouse Gas
Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere, Greenhouse Effect
Type of tool Reading (Infographic)
Grade LevelHigh School
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byClimate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)
Hosted atClimate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Website
Linkhttps://www.ccacoalition.org/en/slcps/black-carbon
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: The climate in our hands – Ocean and Cryosphere

The Office for Climate Education (OCE) presents a Teacher’s Guidebook that aims to support teachers in carrying out various activities on climate change and the ocean and cryosphere in their classrooms, and targets students of ages 9 to 15. 

Reading: Black Carbon in the Atmosphere

A reading that describes the effects of black carbon on the atmosphere and the climate system. This reading by Carl Zimmer for the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies details the albedo effect of black carbon, how it affects cloud formation, and its warming and cooling effects of the Earth’s surface.

Students will learn that black carbon is potentially second only to carbon dioxide in its heat trapping power. They will also learn about how it affects the Earth’s climate system. Students will further understand the complexities of black carbon emissions and why only certain emissions cause an increase in Earth’s temperature.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is black carbon? 
  2. What are some of the effects of black carbon on clouds? 
  3. Discuss how the deposition of black carbon on ice caps affects the melting of ice?
  4. Explain how black carbon can have a cooling or warming effect on the planet?

About the tool

Tool NameBlack Carbon and Warming: It’s Worse than We Thought
DisciplineChemistry
Topic(s) in DisciplineCarbon Chemistry, Allotropy, Allotropes of carbon, Black Carbon, Greenhouse Gas
Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere; Greenhouse Effect
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byCarl Zimmer, The New York Times
Hosted atYale Environment 360 (E360), Yale School of  Environment, Website
Linkhttps://e360.yale.edu/features/carl_zimmer_black_carbon_and_global_warming_worse_than_thought
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Computer SkillsBasic

Visualization: Introduction to the Carbon Cycle

An infographic that describes the Carbon Cycle and how anthropogenic activities affect the Carbon Cycle. This infographic by NASA explains how higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to anthropogenic activities are affecting the natural carbon cycle.

Students will learn about the carbon cycle and the absorption of carbon dioxide by the land and oceans. They will further be introduced to facts and figures regarding the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. Discuss the ‘Carbon Cycle’ in the classroom. 
  2. How do anthropogenic activities affect carbon dioxide concentrations? 

About the tool

Tool NameEarth’s carbon cycle is off balance
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences; Chemistry
Topic(s) in DisciplineCarbon Cycle, Biogeochemical Cycles
Climate Topic Long-term Cycles and Feedback Mechanisms
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelMiddle School
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed byNASA
Hosted atClimate NASA Website
Linkhttps://climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/136/infographic-earths-carbon-cycle-is-off-balance/
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Safeguarding Human Rights in the Context of Climate Change

A reading to learn about the effects of climate change on human rights, governmental responsibility in addressing these human rights issues, assessment of actions implemented, and recommendations on integrating human rights considerations with climate adaptation and mitigation actions.