Wednesday, December 9, 2009

GLOBAL WARMING ACTIVITIES

1) What do you know about the following terms? Double click on difficult words.

The Greenhouse Effect: Scientists are sure about the greenhouse effect. They know that greenhouse gases make the Earth warmer by trapping energy in the atmosphere.

Climate Change: Climate is the long-term average of a region's weather events lumped together. For example, it's possible that a winter day in Buffalo, New York, could be sunny and mild, but the average weather – the climate – tells us that Buffalo's winters will mainly be cold and include snow and rain. Climate change represents a change in these long-term weather patterns. They can become warmer or colder. Annual amounts of rainfall or snowfall can increase or decrease.

Global Warming: Global warming refers to an average increase in the Earth's temperature, which in turn causes changes in climate. A warmer Earth may lead to changes in rainfall patterns, a rise in sea level, and a wide range of impacts on plants, wildlife, and humans. When scientists talk about the issue of climate change, their concern is about global warming caused by human activities.
2) Visit www.breathingearth.net to see the this real-time simulation which displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates. At the bottom of this page you can also read about climate change and what we can do to make things better.

3) Play these word games. Think of all the words you know about climate change.

4) Play the Eco-Ego game to see how your everyday choices affect the environment.

5) Now that you are informed about the crisis our planet is going through, which everyday habits are you going to change to help save our home? Leave your comment in pairs under this post.
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