This brief video presents text and images of the highlights of the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming.
The report points out that we are already nearing 1.5 degrees of warming and that any additional warming will increase the risks for ecosystems, food and water security, and health.
The solutions identified include steep reductions in coal and methane emissions, increases in efficiency, and behavioral changes such as decreasing energy demand, reducing consumption, and choosing low-carbon foods.
This video offers a brief introduction to the findings of a very in-depth report generated from over 6,000 publications and reviewed by experts from all over the world.
Students should be familiar with climate change, global warming, and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Teachers might need to periodically pause the video for some students to read all of the text.
This resource could be used to introduce the IPCC report and stimulate a discussion about the importance of peer-reviewed science in general.
Cross-curricular connections could be made with ethics, economics, and media literacy.
This resource is a summary of IPCC's special report on reducing the global mean temperature to a little below the average during the pre-industrial era (1.5°C). It has gone through a thorough peer-review process by Working Group 1 scientists and experts. Hence, this resource is recommended for teaching. Educators should note that in the video from 0:46-0:51, there is a misconception about "hot extremes." Please use "heat extremes" instead when teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
D1.2.6-8 Explain points of agreement experts have about interpretations and applications of disciplinary concepts and ideas associated with a compelling question.
Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
D3.2.9-12 Evaluate the credibility of a source by examining how experts value the source.