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Science, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 21 seconds

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  • This brief video describes the need to find other sources of energy that will not run out in the future and the negative side effects of using these finite fossil fuel resources for energy.
  • Students will observe data and animations illustrating the global increase in energy use and the way carbon dioxide can trap heat in the atmosphere.
Teaching Tips


  • This video emphasizes that even if burning fossil fuels didn't cause climate change, we would still need to come up with alternative forms of energy because fossil fuels are a nonrenewable energy source.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The closed captions do not work on this video, but there is a transcript.


Scientist Notes

This resource stretches students ability to understand the best ways to use energy efficiently, and to find alternative sources of energy that are renewable and clean, and identify sustainable means for energy storage and conservation. The second component is a game that allows students to investigate and practice the use of clean technology and energy in the future. It is advised to use this resource when instructing.

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