Weather, Climate and Covid-19

Sylvia Knight, Head of Education at the Royal Meteorological Society, recently recorded a podcast for the Royal Geographical Society with IGB, looking at the impact of COVID-19 on the weather and climate across the world. You can access the podcast here. Further reading: Coronavirus will impact the atmospheric CO2 record – but not enough to…

Rainforest deforestation, the carbon and water cycles

This news item from NASA relates to this animation, as does this Nature Communication from October 2020. Suggested learning activities: ***NEW*** – data and GIS exercise for A Level students Explore leaf area, evapotranspiration and temperature data using various statistical techniques to explore the relationship between deforestation and weather. Download the worksheet for students, answers…

20th September, Climate Strike

Amidst growing evidence that the school strikes for climate are having a greater impact on recent social media discourse by UK Parliamentarians on climate change than any report or professional pronouncement from the IPCC or the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, we are approaching the 20th September general and schools climate strike. Some educators in…

Using Tree Rings for Past Weather and Climate

Using tree rings to teach weather, climate, correlation, photosynthesis, regression, the carbon cycle, isotopes and more. On the BBC news: the research from Swansea University that supports these resources. 1) Show the Film 2) Play the Game Collect tree ring samples, align the samples to create a 300 year record and see what weather and…

Climate Change Negotiations For Schools

Simulating a world climate change conference Guidance for Teachers Notes for teachers – this contains everything you need to know to run the activity. Start here! Curriculum Links Print: Pack 1 (double sided if possible) – note these are personalised; Pack 2 (table flags, must be printed in colour, could be laminated), or as Pack2b…

Past Climate Teaching Resources

These resources explore the climate of five different scale periods of the past 2.6 million years. Within each, some of the basic processes affecting the climate are investigated. Please feel free to adapt the resources to the level and ability of the students you teach. Module 1 – the last 2.6 million years: Milankovitch Cycles,…

Impact of Climate Change on Water Supplies

Questions to Consider: What is meant by water security? How does climate change lead to an increase in water insecurity? Using a case study, explain one way a country has responded to the threat of water insecurity. PDF download WG2 Chapter 3, Figure 7. The impact of climate change on renewable groundwater resources by the…