Global Climate Change: The Effects of Global Warming

The activity follows a progression that examines the CO2 content of various gases, explores the changes in the atmospheric levels of CO2 from 1958 to 2000 from the Mauna Loa Keeling curve, and the relationship between CO2 and temperature over the past 160,000 years. This provides a foundation for examining individuals' input of CO2 to the atmosphere and how to reduce it.

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Teaching Tips

In the first activity, the chemistry that indicates the presence of CO2 is not described. This is not critical for the activity. However, students may want to know what is happening chemically to accept that the experiment is showing what is described. Educator should clarify this point.

The extension activity refers to how much the temperature has changed since the beginning of the 20th century. Since time is moving on, that number will change depending on when the activity is used. The educator should check the IPCC report for the latest information about how much temperature has changed since 1900.

Collecting of car exhaust may be difficult and may not be allowed in a high school class.

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