Global Warming

Global Warming

Format (10 points):

 

  • Cover page with name, class period, date, and title
  • One to two pages, hand written, not including cover page

 

Background Section (30 points):

 

  • Explain the overall process of global warming.
    • How does it work?
    • What are the major greenhouse gases and where do they come from? Include both natural and manmade sources.

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  • Explain historical temperature changes
    • How many ice ages have we had? When did they occur?
    • Describe how global temperature, carbon dioxide, and methane levels have changed over the course of human history. Explain reasons for these changes.

 

  • Explain consequences that are occurring right now as a result of global warming. These could include:
    • Coral reef bleaching
    • Increased droughts
    • Longer and stronger hurricanes
    • Sea level rising
    • Ocean temperature increasing
    • Ocean acidification

 

Astronomy Section (20 Points)

 

  • What other planets/moons have experienced “Global Warming”?
  • What do scientists think has caused their climate change?

 

 

Opinion Section (40 points)

 

  • What effects have humans had on the atmosphere? How does this relate to temperature change and climate?
  • How fast is the global temperature rising? Is this part of a normal cycle or due to human influences?
  • What other factors, besides the greenhouse effect, could account for some of the climate and temperature variations we’ve seen? Example:  Increased solar activity
  • Do you think Global Warming is fact or fiction?

 

 

 

 

Objective Articles To Read for a Background on Global Warming

 

Earth 2100: The Effects of Greenhouse Gases

Excellent article about global warming, its causes and effects.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/science/globalwarming/map.html

 

Wikipedia

Good summary of the global warming controversy.  Don’t use this as a direct source, but a starting point.  Take a look at some of the articles they reference and footnote.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming_controversy

 

US EPA Global Warming Site

The official website on global warming from the EPA.  Contains the most recent facts and figures about climate change.

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/

 

Global Warming Frequently Asked Questions

This is a last of FAQs published by NOAA, a government agency that is in charge of much of the global climate change research.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalwarming.html

 

Videos To Watch for Ideas From Both Sides

 

“The Most Terrifying Video You Will Ever See”

Presents arguments for and against taking early action against global climate change.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zORv8wwiadQ

 

“20/20 John Stossel – The Global Warming Debate”

ABC news special about the opposing views of global warming.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOvCCTEfypk

 

CNN Debate:  Bill Nye vs. Richard Lindzen

Bill Nye the Science Guy debates Richard Lindzen, a meteorology professor and global warming skeptic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McsZ1U20W0M

 

Persuasive Articles (Global warming is completely caused by human actions)

 

Global Warming Myths and Facts (Environmental Defense Fund)

http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=1011

 

Official “Inconvenient Truth” Website:  Facts & Evidence

http://www.climatecrisis.net/thescience/index.html

 

Persuasive Articles (Global warming is a hoax or due to natural causes)

 

Top 10 Global Warming Myths

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=19468

 

Global Warming Hoax:  Facts and Fictions of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth

www.globalwarminghoax.com/news.php?item.11.4

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