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Too Hot For Humans? Jacobabad Temperatures Rise to 50 C

Author: The Telegraph
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth Sciences, Geography
Format: YouTube Video
Resource Type:
  • Video, 1 minute, 44 seconds
Synopsis
  • This 1 min 44 sec video by The Telegraph discusses the occurrence of extreme heat and humidity in Jacobabad, Pakistan. Students will: 
    • Observe a narrated video of people in Jacobabad dealing with the intense heat and humidity.
    • Learn why extreme heat and humidity is dangerous for people and that it is expected to increase due to global warming and climate change.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This is a short video that shows people are already being affected by climate change in a serious way.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The report discusses temperature in degrees Celsius, so students may need to review a temperature scale showing temperatures in degrees F and degrees C.
  • Note that the reason high heat and humidity is dangerous to people is because sweat will not evaporate off the skin if the humidity level and temperature are too high, not because people cannot sweat enough.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with geography and social studies to discuss the unequal distribution of heat and humidity and the unequal effects of climate change on global populations.
Scientist Notes
Educators should note the misconception "wet-bulb scale." It should rather be wet-bulb thermometer or temperature values on the wet-bulb thermometer. The resource is suitable and recommended to teach human thermal comfort and comfort limits.
Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.5.6-8 Analyze the combinations of cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from other places.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.9.6-8 Evaluate the influences of long-term human-induced environmental change on spatial patterns of conflict and cooperation.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.5.9-12 Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.6.9-12 Evaluate the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.

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