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Author

NASA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Video, 17 seconds
  • Data

Regional Focus

Global

The Causes of Climate Change

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  • This website describes the influence of the greenhouse effect and greenhouse gases on climate change. 
  • The resource provides an animation, images, and data about the greenhouse effect; how the greenhouse effect on Earth compares to Mars and Venus; and how we know that solar activity is not causing the warming we are experiencing today. 

Positives

  • This resource addresses some of the skeptics' arguments about the causes of climate change with data and evidence.
  • The comparisons to Mars and Venus might be hooks for some students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • You may want to provide additional context about CFCs, the Montreal Protocol, and other halogenated or fluorinated gases that are still being used as refrigerants and insulators.
  • Students should know how to read a graph.

Differentiation

  • ELA, social studies, and civics classes could use this resource for debates, position papers, or lessons about the importance of media literacy, source verification, and data-based evidence for public policy. 
  • Other resources related to this topic include Climate Politics and Is It Real?.
This resource succinctly lays out the causes of climate change. Almost as important as showing what causes climate change, the resource also gives evidence as to what is not causing climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • 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.
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
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