The Causes of Climate Change micro-lesson
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Climate is the average or long-term weather pattern in a particular area of the world over a longer period of time. Climate change looks at how the general climate of a particular area on the planet is changing and why. Climate change can be natural. Over thousands and millions of years, the earth has gone through periods of time where it became warmer and also colder. For example, Ice Age is a time where the climate has cooled considerably, and ice sheets cover big areas of land. This is thought to be natural and linked to the sun giving out less heat at this time and how the earth moves around the sun too. Another natural thing that can affect the climate is volcanic eruption. More recently, over the past hundred years or so, the earth seems to be getting warmer at a faster rate than is thought natural. Scientists believe this isn't natural climate change and is caused by humans instead. Increased gases released from things such as cars, factories, and farms such as carbon dioxide and methane absorb the sun's heat and create a barrier that keeps the sun's heat close to the Earth's surface. We call gases such as carbon dioxide and methane greenhouse gases. As these have been increasing in the atmosphere, the earth is getting warmer. Deforestation, burning fossil fuels, oil, coal, and gas, rubbish rotting in landfills sights, and using fertilizers all increase the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. All these things are contributing to climate change.
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A lot of forest areas have been cleared across the planet to make way for spaces to farm. Does this impact the rate of climate change?1) Yes2) No
Do scientists use satellites to help monitor and measure climate change?1) Yes2) No
Does the Amazon rainorest take in a lot of carbon dioxide fromthe atmosphere?1) Yes2) No
How long has the earth been warming up at a faster rate than is thought natural?1) 100 or so years2) 10 or so years3) 1 million or so years4) 1,000 or so years
If we removed the earth's natural greenhouse effect, what would happen to the temperature on earth?1) It would become colder2) It would become hotter3) It would stay the same4) The temperature would go up and down
The population of the planet is increasing. How does this impact climate change?1) There will be more people doing things that release greenhouse gases2) It doesn't3) More people can work on ways so help combat climate change4) There will be more people to buy things
What are the three fossil fuels?1) Oil, coal and gas2) Oil, rubber, wood3) Coal, wood, sunshine4) Gas, water, dung
What do we call the group of gases that create a barrier to keep the suns heat close to the earth's surface?1) Greenhouse gases2) Shed gases3) Hot gases4) Garage gases
What is our carbon footprint?1) The total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions2) The imprint of carbon onto the groud from our shoes3) Walking to help climate change4) Buying less clothes and shoes to help climate change
What is the main greenhouse gas that fertilisers release into the atmosphere?1) Nitrous Oxide2) Carbon Dioxide3) Water Vapour4) Methane
What natural event can impact climate change?1) Volcanic erruptions2) Floods3) Tidal Waves4) Droughts
Where do the gases come from that impact cimate change?1) All of these2) Cars3) Factories4) Farming animals
Which statement is true?1) The power sector worldwide emits the most greenhouse gases2) The transport sector worldwide emits the most greenhouse gases3) The agriculture sector worldwide emits the most greenhouse gases4) The entertainment sector worldwide emits the most greenhouse gases
Why did people use more fossil fuels during the industrial revolution?1) To power more factories and machines2) To keep thir homes warm3) To help people get to work4) Because there was a lot of rubbish to get rid of and they burnt it
Would the world be a better place if we could remove all grennhouse gases from the atnosphere?1) No2) Yes
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