Emergency Science – Responding to Climate Change Cover

Emergency Science – Responding to Climate Change

The science behind Earth, air and water

From one perspective, this emergency seems too large, too complex and too far advanced to address. But this book offers a different perspective by addressing it step by step, with a range of questions. It shows how science - as a way of observing our world, drawing conclusions from the evidence and from there identifying actions to solve problems - is an integral part of the response to climate change.

The range of hands-on activities includes both experiments and tasks using class-based resources. Every activity specifies a learning objective and develops one or more key skills differentiated by what (beginners), how (developers) and why (experts).

Ages: 12-15 | Pages: 60 | Code: 51148 | ISBN: 9781776557011

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Brenda Greene

Brenda Greene gained an MSc from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and worked as a scientist, publishing papers on the genetics and conservation of New Zealand birds. She gained a Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Canterbury University, and taught science at the Orana Wildlife Park and in Christchurch secondary schools. She enjoys hands-on science, and is always inventing new experiments for her students to do.


Overview of this book4
Further resources5
Sources of information6
Who do you believe?6
Primary and secondary sources8
Who is a scientist?12
Understanding climate change16
Causes of climate change16
Expert groups on climate change18
Stratigraphy – studying rock layers35
Hidden carbon37
How fossil fuels form38
Form your own fossil40
Fossil fuel formation41
Fractional distillation43
Plastic polymers51
Plastic polymers and recycling – quick quiz53
Recycling plastic – experiment55
Recycling plastic – quick quiz57
Milk plastic58
Radiocarbon dating59
Atmospheric pressure61
Concentrate on oxygen65
Carbon dioxide and temperature66
Carbon cycle68
Penguins on the move72
How fast does ice melt?77
Selected answers79