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Science, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 51 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Global, North America, United States, USA - South, Louisiana, Texas

Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather?

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  • This video examines the difference between climate and weather, the connection between climate change and extreme weather events like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey, and how scientists use climate models to substantiate attribution science.
  • Students will learn that climate and weather differ based on time, climate change increases the severity and frequency of extreme weather events, and climate models can be useful for comparing different carbon emission scenarios.
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  • This video is well-produced and full of eye-catching graphics.
  • This video is concise, nuanced, and easy to understand.

Additional Prerequisites

  • An advertisement may play before the video starts.
  • It may benefit students to know how humans emit greenhouse gases.


  • Students can use this video for an informative essay on how climate change impacts the Earth's systems.
  • Students in civics classes can consider climate change mitigation or adaptation strategies that target the local, state, and national levels and write policies to influence people to employ them.
  • This video can supplement a classroom discussion on how extreme weather events impact some groups more than others.
  • This video can enhance a classroom discussion on how the issue of climate change is perceived within American politics.
  • After watching this video, have students explore climate models like the ones described in the video.
Scientist Notes
Attribution science is used to determine how much climate change contributed to extreme weather events. This resource deftly clears up any misconceptions students may have about the difference between weather and climate and the links between extreme weather, such as hurricanes, and climate change. The video is a solid introduction that is well-sourced, with sources cited in the video description. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.II.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • SL.ES.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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