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View Resource The Atmosphere and Climate Change

The terms greenhouse effect, climate change, and global warming are often used interchangeably, yet they really refer to three separate and distinct processes. This activity examines all three and assesses whether Earth's atmosphere is getting warmer. Students will read two articles from the journal of Science that discuss the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and...

View Resource Carbon Dioxide Calculator

The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been increasing for many decades now, mostly due to the burning of fossil fuels by mankind. In this exercise, students will track their daily activities, and and estimate how much carbon dioxide they are responsible for emitting with the use of an online Personal Greenhouse Gas Calculator developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

View Resource Biogeochemical Cycles Capstone

There are two ways to reduce net emissions of carbon dioxide: limit how much carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere as we burn fossil fuels, or increase the rate at which it is absorbed. In this lesson, discussion topics include the Kyoto Protocol and the use of carbon credits to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Students can listen to a National Public Radio show...

View Resource IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme

The IEA Greenhouse Gas Programme is an international collaboration that evaluates technologies for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, disseminates the results of these studies and identifies targets for research, development and demonstration. The program operates under the auspices of the International Energy Agency. The key areas of study for the IEA GGP include climate change, emission...

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