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Global Warming? 

Event-Based Science is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an award-winning, standards-based program in which newsworthy events establish the relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the need-to-know more about those topics; and lively interviews, photographs, Web pages, and inquiry-based science activities create a desire to know more about those topics.

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Global Warming? is an Event-Based Science module about climate and climate change. It uses television news coverage of flooding in Savannah, Georgia, and other signs of climate change to establish the context for the study. The task in Global Warming? places students in the roles of participants in a UN-sponsored international conference. They will acquire then use their knowledge of climate, greenhouse effect, and sea-level rise as they analyze evidence of warming and make recommendations for reducing human contributions.

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As with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the information that students need is provided in the pages of Global Warming?. However, more information is needed. Current and historic data about greenhouse gas concentrations, temperature trends, and climate will add to the authenticity of your study.

Below are some World-Wide Web sites where data available. Click on the highlighted words and be linked with sites where data and other helpful information can be found.

EBSInstitute.com Position Statement

There is no doubt that during the past one hundred years Earth has grown warmer. Also we know that human activities emit gases into the atmosphere, some of which are known to influence the world's climate. At the same time, our knowledge of the role that these emissions play relative to Earth’s natural climate cycles is still being investigated. Scientists all over the world are working to better understand climate change and its impact on life on Earth. Their studies of tree rings, seabed samples, ice cores, glacial changes are ongoing. Climate models also provide new insights on a daily basis.

It is our belief that issues of Global Warming and Global Climate Change provide students with an opportunity to experience firsthand the true nature of science. The worst thing that a science teacher can do is present Global Warming as an issue that has been settled.

The EBS Institute does not take a position on this issue. On this EBS Institute webpage you will find links to the latest research, and links to commentary by experts with different points of view on all aspects of climate change. If you know of a position that is not being represented please contact us at GlobalWarming@ebsinstitute.com .


Breaking News

June 2010 Hottest on Record

The University of East Anglia will investigate whether scientists at its prestigious Climatic Research Unit fudged data on global warming.

Summer of 2009 Cooler than Normal in US

New Storms on Jupiter Caused by Planet-Wide Warming

BBC: What happened to global warming?

Record Cold temps in Idaho threaten potato crops...

Austria: Earliest snowfall in history set to break records... s

A Good Summary of Global Warming Scandals

Click here to use Google News to search and browse 4,500 continuously updated news sources for breaking news about global warming.

Global Warming on Mars?

New York Times 
In his New York Times column for the first day of the new year, In 2008, a 100 Percent Chance of Alarm, columnist John Tierney took a close look at the global warming debate and found that the climate change scenario being peddled by Al Gore and his followers is anything but settled scientific fact.


2014 Great Lakes Ice Cover Greatest in 35 Years

The 2014 winter was one of the coldest in decades in the US mid-west. As a result, the ice cover on the Great Lakes peaked at 92.2% on March 6... the most widespread ice cover in 35 years.

On March 16, 2014, NASA scientist and long-time private pilot Dr. Dorothy K. Hall flew EBS Institute personnel over Lake Erie to photograph the record-setting ice just before spring breakup.

Ice on Lake Erie March 16, 2014

 

Just How Hot Is It?

Current Temperatures


Links to Global Warming! related WEB Sites
(Links are checked monthly. They were working on the day of the last update.)

  • The Science Behind Climate Change A PowerPoint Presentation developed by Professor Michael Wysession, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
  • U.S. Senate Report: Scientists Dispute Man-Made Global Warming Claims Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called consensus on man-made global warming. These scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ), criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore.  
  • Evidence of Global Warming in your own backyard? If you want to see how temperatures in your town have fluctuated during the last hundred years or so, check this site.
  • Encyclopedia of Earth adds Climate change collection. The Collection is anchored by an electronic version of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Nobel Prize-winning reports. It also includes articles by climate experts, biographies of individuals who have made important contributions to climate science and policy, a timeline of key events in the history of climate science and policy, a climate glossary, and much more. Scientists, educators, environmental professionals and concerned citizens should find the Collection to be an invaluable resource.
  • Climate Momentum Shifting: Many former believers in catastrophic man-made global warming have recently reversed themselves and are now climate skeptics. The names included below are just a sampling of the prominent scientists who have spoken out recently to oppose former Vice President Al Gore, the United Nations and the media-driven consensus on man-made global warming.
  • NEO -- NASA Earth Observations Their mission is to help you picture climate change and environmental changes happening on our home planet. Here you can search for and retrieve satellite images of Earth. Download them; export them to GoogleEarth; order/retrieve NASA data with a click. Tracking regional and global changes around the world just got easier!
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is available here. 
  • CarbonTracker NOAA scientists have created a new tool to monitor changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide by region and source. The tool, called CarbonTracker uses a larger concentration of observations combined with a sophisticated computer model to create an accurate assessment of greenhouse-gas increases and decreases. The data are still sparse, but should grow as more monitoring sites become available.
  • Global Temperature Doesn't Exist News about global warming often includes the latest global temperature. Now, Bjarne Andresen, a professor at The Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, says that there is no such thing as a global temperature. He says the concept is both thermodynamically and mathematically impossible.
  • Kyoto Protocol The Kyoto Protocol is an agreement made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Countries that ratify this protocol commit to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases, or engage in emissions trading if they maintain or increase emissions of these gases. All solutions proposed at the Kyoto Summit can be found at this site.
  • Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled. (Vice President Al Gore) Not true according to this article in Canada's Financial Post.

Knights during the Middle Ages

From English Online

  • NCDC Climate Visualization This is a great site that allows students to graph and download data from the World's Weather Data Archive. Send your students here to search for evidence of global warming. Don't be surprised if they have trouble finding strong evidence.
  • Climate change skeptics bet $10,000 on cooler world Russian climate change skeptics, who believe that the dangers of global warming are overstated, have bet $10,000 that the planet will cool over the next decade.
  • Sea-Level Trends The rate of mean sea level rise or fall has been determined for 117 long-term water level stations. The linear trend at a coastal location is a combination of global sea level rise and any local vertical land movement.
  • Sea-Level Rise This site from the Center for the Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets provides products for visualizing sea-level rise and its effects. It includes static maps, map animations, and layers viewable in Google Earth.
  • Lopsided Planet Read about how global warming might make Earth lopsided.
  • Sunspot Archive This chart shows the annual average of daily sunspot readings beginning in 1700. The numbers are compiled from measurements made by a worldwide network of cooperating observatories. Open this file with Microscope Excel.

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  • A Delicate Balance: Signs of Change in the Tropics Last year, climate scientists at NASA's Langley Research Center found that over the past 15 years, progressively more thermal radiation has been escaping the atmosphere above the tropics and progressively less sunlight has been reflecting off of the clouds. The discovery has brought into question many theories and climate models regarding the interaction of solar energy with the Earth.
 

  • Video - Massive Antarctic ice sheet collapses with global warming

 

Video - Al Gore "Debates" Global Warming with Climate Scientists

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