Old Weather: Our Weather's past the Climate's Future

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Paleoclimatologists studying a reef

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This series of lessons starts off with a hands-on lab using inexpensive materials that shows the impact of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and its warming impact on climate change. Next, students will participate in a global ciizen science project, Old Weather, which involves students in transcribing primary weather documents from old ship logs, The data is compiled and sent directly to scientists who analyze the data to see changes in climate. On the third day students will take a critical look at two article that present climate change in two different ways. Lastly, students will create a public service announcement or persuasive letter urging their community members to use more renewable resources and limit their carbon footprint.

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