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IPCC

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC [Video Summary]

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Synopsis
  • 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.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • 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.

Additional Prerequisites

  •  Students should be familiar with climate change, global warming, and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Differentiation

  • 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.
Scientist Notes
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.
Standards

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  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a: Evaluate the impact of individual, business, and government decisions and actions on the environment and climate change and assess the efficacy of government policies and agencies in New Jersey and the United States in addressing these decisions.
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.16.a: Explain why natural resources (i.e., fossil fuels, food, and water) continue to be a source of conflict and analyze how the United States and other nations have addressed issues concerning the distribution and sustainability of natural resources and climate change.
  • Science
    • 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’s systems.
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