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What If We Burned All the Fossil Fuels?

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  • This video cohesively explains the possible detrimental impacts of burning all the fossil fuels on Earth. 
  • The video also highlights and explains suitable options to reduce the use of fossil fuels in our societies. 
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  • Video concisely explains information through engaging imagery and clear text to ensure student understanding. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need to have a basic understanding of the connection between climate change and fossil fuels. 


Scientist Notes
This resource is a 6-minute video that asks the question: What would happen if we used up all of the Earth's fossil fuel resources? The scenario is roughly equivalent to 2000 ppm of carbon dioxide, which is a very high emitting future scenario. The resource presents the potential sea level rise, temperature increase, and impacts on droughts and flooding, as well as giving some clear actions to avoid this future scenario. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

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    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 4-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-1. 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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