Weather and Climate: a Teachers’ Guide
Lesson overview: In this lesson we look at this historical relationship between carbon dioxide and global temperature and the Greenhouse Effect before moving on to consider future greenhouse gas emission scenarios.
Greenhouse gases warm the Earth through intercepting the flow of heat from the Earth into space. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has co-ordinated research that shows unequivocally that global climate has changed as a result of the impact of humans on the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and other aspects of the climate system and will continue to do so. Neither the magnitude nor impacts of climate change will be uniformly felt around the world. As our understanding of predicted impacts continues to improve so does our ability to prepare for them. Uncertainty stems from several sources – the response of governments, human populations, complex interactions and feedback effects between different components of the climate system.
To be able to describe the major changes to temperature and CO2 over short and longer periods of time.
To be able to explain global warming and reasons why climate changes.
To evaluate what might happen to CO2 levels and temperature in the future.
Key Teaching Resources
Teacher CPD/ Extended Reading
Alternative or Extension Resources
Climate change graphs (basic)
Comprehension exercise – investigating the evidence for the impact of humans on climate (advanced)