Understanding Global Climate and Reducing Climate Change Phenomena

The world consumption of fossil fuels (i.e. coal, oil , natural gas) has two critical factors that will affect future use: the lifetime of availability of fossil fuels, and the impact of the pollution from fossil fuel use on the Earth's future climate.

Our planet uses the 'natural greenhouse effect' to keep its surface temperature as we experience it. This allows life to flourish on our planet.

Student Task

Student Task

Visit the website below and play the animation to understand the natural greenhouse effect.

Website References:
http://earthguide.ucsd.edu/earthguide/diagrams/greenhouse/

The Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

Student Task

Student Task

Visit the website below and answer the following questions:

1. What is the cause of the enhanced greenhouse effect and what are the greenhouse gases?

2. Apart from environmental pollution, what is the effect of the enhanced greenhouse effect on the planet?

3. What advantage would there be to the planet in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere ?

Website References:
http://www.climatechange.gov.au/science/faq/question1.html

Effects of climate change

Student Task

Student Task

Visit the website below and list 4 likely effects of global climate change.

Website References:
http://www.climate.org/topics/climate/effects.shtml

How to Mitigate or Reduce the Climate Change Phenomena

Student Task

Student Task

Visit the website below and answer the following question:

On a global scale, how can society help reduce climate change and its effects in terms of the supply of energy for industry, commerce and domestic home needs? Make reference to the way in which electricity can be generated by means other than the use of fossil fuels.

Website References:
http://www.climate.org/topics/green/index.shtml

Implications for Chibobo

Given the difficulties associated with the availability and cost of fossil fuels in the future, the impact of climate change, and the geography of the Chibobo community, a good solution to the problem of meeting the Chibobo community's energy needs is quite clear.

Student Task

Student Task

What is the best possible solution for the provision of electricity in the Chibobo community that considers reducing climate change by making use of the natural elements of the environment?

Website References:
http://www.bcse.org.au/default.asp?id=20
http://www.goingsolar.com.au
http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/renewable/pv/index.html
http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/renewable/home/index.html
http://www.greenhouse.gov.au/yourhome/technical/index.htm

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