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  • Videos, 6 minutes, CC, Subtitles

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Methane: The Greenhouse Gas We Can No Longer Ignore

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  • This video explains the importance of reducing methane emissions alongside CO2 emissions. 
  • Students learn the impact of methane emissions on the environment, different sources of methane, and ways to reduce these methane emissions. 
Teaching Tips


  • Accompanying text emphasizes important facts in the video.
  • Students learn about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  • Students learn about the Montreal Protocol of 1987.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be an ad before the video.
  • Students should be familiar with methane and the effects of greenhouse gases.


  • Teachers could use this video to explain the importance of policies in mitigating climate change.
  • Teachers could play part 1:28-1:53 to explain the sources of methane.
  • Teachers could play part 2:26-2:40 to highlight the effects of methane emissions on the planet.
  • Teachers could play part 3:25-4:10 describes the greenhouse gases trapped in the Arctic permafrost and the havoc they can cause if released.
  • Teachers could play part 4:12-5:55 to start a discussion about ways to reduce methane emissions.
  • Teachers could give students group assignments to provide 3 ways they can contribute to reducing methane emissions.
  • Click here, here, and here for more resources on methane emissions.
  • Click here and here for videos that teach how to fight climate change through your diet.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores the contribution of methane on global warming potentials. It explains methane sources and how methane emissions can be reduced to help cool the planet to temperatures a little above the pre-industrial era. Reports from the IPCC and UNEP were not dated, and this could be an oversight. But this resource and the content are high quality, topical, relevant, accurate, and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • 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 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
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