Two brief documents outlining climate science and the renewable energy solutions:
Science teachers have the knowledge base to understand climate change and the communication skills to explain it. We can be an important factor in increasing the community’s understanding of this most crucial issue.
The Vicphysics Teachers' Network established an initiative "Science Teachers for Climate Awareness" (SciTCA). The purpose of which was to raise the awareness of the voting public, starting with your teaching colleagues at your school, and then the parent body, and other community groups.
The SciTCA Committee has developed a package of a selection of PowerPoint presentations, booklets and information sheets. It also organised Climate Change workshops on this material. Five workshops were held ending in 2012.
To access materials from past workshops and conferences, see below for recent events or click here for more
At the beginning of this year the IPA sent copies of Ian Plimer's very misleading book How to get expelled from school to all schools. It seems to have mostly died a well deserved death, but if it is still in your school library perhaps a copy of a recent document published by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change: "Accurate Answers to Professor Plimer’s 101 Climate Change Science Questions" should be placed with it. Click on this link to go to the Department's web page to download this document as well as some other good summaries of basic climate science from AAS, CSIRO etc.
Note: At the Physics Conference and at STAVCON we only looked at the problems not the solutions. I suggest you also look at the 'Climate Science - The Good News' presentation for ... well the GOOD news! The second file below is mostly looking at the problem of communicating climate science against the backdrop of appaling media coverage of the issue (notably in 'The Australian'). The third file below is the presentation about climate science - it is rather large and unwieldy and I am planning to break it up into more manageable sections. Look back in a week or two for the new version!
These are the presentations from the VCE Physics, Chem and Biol conferences Feb 2015
"The Australian Academy of Science notes the statement on climate change by the academies of science for the G8+5 countries. Although the Australian Academy was not involved in the drafting of the statement because it is not a member of this group, we do endorse the concerns expressed in the statement. As recently summarised by the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the increases in global average temperature and sea level are unambiguous and are almost certainly primarily due to greenhouse gas emissions."
The national science academies of the G8 nations and Brazil, China and India, three of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the developing world, have signed a statement on the global response to climate change. This link is to the web page of the Royal Society, where the document can be accessed as well as their press release. June 2005.
G8 countries bear a special responsibility for the current high level of energy consumption, and should play a leading role in assuring global energy sustainability and security. The national science academies of the G8 nations and Brazil, China, India and South Africa, have signed a statement on this issue. This link is to a web page of the Royal Society which contains the report as well as their press release. (June 2006)
The Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science issued this one page statement on Climate Change in December 2006.
The AAAS held a conference for teachers, students, learners and communicators in Feb 2007. This link includes: a video on Climate Change and Human Well Being; An Abbreviated Guide for Teaching Climate Change; Opening remarks (video and ppt)and the video, ppt and pdf of presentations on 'Understanding climate science', 'In search of solutions', 'Profitable climate solutions', 'Cuting carbon emissions' and 'Teaching future innovators'.
An extensive resource by the Science Museum of the US National Academy of Sciences. It includes IT activities, classroom activities as well as explanatory material on 'The Greenhouse Effect, 'Carbon Cycle', 'Causes of Change', 'Past Change', 'Predicted Change', 'Impacts of Change' and 'Responses to Change'.
An executive summary of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (November 2007)
The summary for Policy makers of the second of four 2007 reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (April 2007) (16 pages)
The Executive Summary of the report by the Scientific Expert Group Report on Climate Change and Sustainable Development for for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. (12 pages)
The first of four 2007 reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (February 2007) (21 pages)
This is the web page of the Press Room of the AAAS. Go down to 'Events' and select 'video of Sir David King's presentation' for streaming video. The presentation goes for 1 hr 21 min. Sir David is the chief UK Scientific advisor and co-author of the book 'The Hot Topic: How to tackle global warming and still keep the lights on'.
Text of of a speech by Sir David King, chief UK scientific advisor, to the AAAS in February 2004. (7 pages)
The website of ACIA, an international project of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), to evaluate and synthesize knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences. The results of the assessment were released at the ACIA International Scientific Symposium held in Reykjavik, Iceland in November 2004. The site has links to the 140 page synthesis report "Impacts of a Warming Arctic", as well as the Scientific Report and the Policy Report.
The website of AGU. For their position statement on Climate Change go to the bottom of the page and select 'Science & Policy', then 'Position Statements'. If you type in 'Climate Change' in the search box at the top right of the home page, you get an extensive selection of their papers that give a comprehensive analysis of the research.
An article by Prof David Karoly, University of Melbourne and IPCC leader, published on the ABC's 'Unleashed' website, that identifies the falsehoods about climate change that regularly appear in some sections of the media.
The national science academies of the G8 nations and Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa have signed a statement on climate change adaptation and the transition to a low carbon society. Adaptation is necessary if the worst impacts of climate change, now and in the future, are to be alleviated. Mitigation and adaptation can complement each other and if pursued together can significantly reduce the risks of climate change impacts. This link is to a web page of the Royal Society which contains the report as well as their press release. (June 2008)
This site has an extesniove range of resources on the categories of 'Climate Science', 'Facts and fictions about climate change', 'Global climate change policy', all their 'policy statements and reports' on climate change, 'Personal views on climate change by some prominent members of the Royal Society' and 'Climate change controversies: a simple guide' which outlines and rebuts common misleading arguments.
A useful feature of the website is the 'Start Here' section. Select this and it displsys the following headings: 'For complete beginners', 'Those with some knowledge', 'Informed but need more detail', 'Informed but seeking serious discussion of common contrarian talking points'. Each of these has several links on offer.
"I expect climate change to affect all Australians. It is the Bureau's responsibility to provide decision makers and the general public with accurate observations and information about our changing climate."
Dr. Geoff Love, Director of Meteorology
The website has sections on 'Climate variability and change' for both Australia and the globe, 'Observing Australian Climate Change' and 'Future Australian Climate Change'.
A "NOVA - Science in the News" web page published by the Australian Academy of Science. a detailed introductory page is supported by sections on 'Key text', 'Activities', 'Glossary', 'Further reading' and 'Useful sites'.
The game is a hands-on learning tool that helps students learn the impacts of different strategies for reducing greenhouse gases. 16 pages of background notes, instructions, lesson plans and worksheets.
An Abbreviated Guide for Teaching Climate Change, from Project 2061 at AAAS. (32 pages). Project 2061 is a US 'Science Frameworks' style project. The guide shows how Climate Change fits in with Project 2061. The concept maps, particularly the latter ones are quite useful.
This link is to the web page of the Press Room of the AAAS. Go down to 'AAAS Resources for Teachers' and select 'AAAS Climate Change Movie' for streaming video. The video runs for 12 min. It can also be downloaded.
A website called 'Climate Science for Sceptics' by Keith Burrows. The purpose of the website is to explain climate science and climate change to those who have uncertainties or questions about climate change, rather than being concerned with intransigent deniers. The content will be of value to VCE Unit 1 students. Keith is also currently developing sections of the website specifically for VCE Physics students.