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Author

The Telegraph

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Health

Resource Type

  • Videos, 1 minute, 44 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Middle East

Format

YouTube Video

Too Hot For Humans? Jacobabad Temperatures Rise to 50°C

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Synopsis
  • This video discusses the occurrence of extreme heat and humidity in Jacobabad, Pakistan.
  • Students will learn that extreme heat and humidity is dangerous for human beings and how extreme heat and humidity are increasing due to climate change.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This is a short video that shows people are already being affected by climate change in a serious way.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The report discusses temperature in degrees Celsius, so students may need to review a temperature scale showing temperatures in degrees F and degrees C.
  • Note that the reason high heat and humidity is dangerous to people is because sweat will not evaporate off the skin if the humidity level and temperature are too high, not because people cannot sweat enough.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with geography and social studies to discuss the unequal distribution of heat and humidity and the unequal effects of climate change on global populations.
Scientist Notes
It is important to understand the impact of wet-bulb temperatures as it influences our local weather and thermal comfort of the body. Educators should note the misconception "wet-bulb scale" at 0:51 minutes in the video. It should rather be wet-bulb thermometer or the values on the wet-bulb thermometer. The resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.
Standards

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

  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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