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1. The Atlas of Climate Change - mapping the world’s greatest challenge
by Kirstin Dow and Thomas E Downing
Languages: EN
Within 112 pages, the authors have compiled all the key impacts of climate change in a graphic, easy to read and understandable format which illustrates the geographic distribution as well as quantifies in the most appropriate manner, the scale of the impact. The The six sections cover signs of change, forcing change, driving climate change, expected consequences, responding to change and committing to solutions. The text is compact as it summarises each within 2 pages for example the evidence for disrupted ecosystems, threatened water supplies, food security, threats to health, cities at risk and cultural losses each. Whilst the text is in English, many of the graphics can be readily translated into other languages.
In order to understand the evidence, causes and consequences of climate change as well as what we can do to limit change then a copy of this book should be in every school library.
Type of resource: maps and explanatory text
Age range: 11 - 18
Key words: greenhouse effect, climate systems, greenhouse gases, carbon cycle, ecosystems, water resources, climate change
Links to national curriculum: greenhouse gas emissions past and present, global temperature rise, health impacts, threats to biodiversity
Reference: published by Earthscan, London, 2007, 112 pages, €16

2. Rough guide to climate change by Robert Henson
Languages: EN
This easy to read book covers the symptoms, the science and the solutions associated with climate change. The text is compact and provides good overview of all the basic questions – such as who is responsible for what’s happening to the climate, what’s happening now and what might happen in future, how we know what we know, the current debate and the need for action. There are good illustrations and a very useful index so it can provide answers to questions that might be posed by students during discussions involving cause and effect.
Type of resource: text with good illustrations
Age range: 12 -18
Key words: greenhouse effect, climate change, ecosystems and agriculture, political and technological solutions Links to national curriculum: weather, climate, energy sources, floods and droughts, biodiversity
Reference published by Rough Guides, London, 2008, 374 pages, €13

3. Sustainable energy without the hot air by David MacKay
Languages: EN
This book takes a unusual approach to the sustainable use of energy and is very thought provoking in its arguments. For example in the first section the author considers the balance sheet between our current consumption and possible sustainable production and also describes the reasons why the UK might need to reduce its current carbon consumption by 80% or more. In a subsequent section he considers the contribution from all possible renewable resources and concludes that each of us will have to reduce our energy consumption in order for the sustainable supply to meet the demand. There are also technical sections on the major renewable energy sources and usages of energy and the book has a very extensive index.
Type of resource: text with good illustrations and many graphs and tables
Age range: 15 -18
Key words: sustainable energy production, sustainable energy consumption, potential of renewable energy sources, wind, solar, waves, tides
Links to national curriculum: energy production and consumption, electricity production, production of heat, energy policy, low carbon pathways
Reference www.withoutair.com also published by UIT, Cambridge, 2009, 368 pages

4. An inconvenient truth – the crisis of global warming by Al Gore
Languages: EN
This Oscar award winning film which has been shown and should continue to be shown to all students is also available in book form as a young persons guide. The pictures and graphics in the book (and film) are very striking with sufficient text to explain the meaning of the art work. So although the film/book is published in English, it can be readily used in any other language. As Gore argues ‘each one of us is a cause of global warming, but each of us can become part of the solution: in the decisions we make on what we buy, the amount of electricity we use and how we live our lives; and it not too late to save our planet if we act now’.
Type of resource: DVD and book; very good illustrations and explanatory text
Age range: 10 -18
Key words: climate changes, causes and impacts, extreme weather occurrences,
Links to national curriculum: climate and weather, energy production and consumption, loss of biodiversity, impacts of climate change
Reference DVD cost €4; book published by Bloomsbury, London, 2007, €12

5. Climate change publications – the UK Meteorological Office 

Languages: EN
The UK Met Office has a range of resources on weather, categorised as KS1 (5-7 year olds), KS2 (8-11 year olds), and KS 3 (11-14 year olds) with clear indications of links to the last national Curriculum topics, and about to be reformed. The Climate Change resources are more limited. There are two posters, in pdf form and colour to be printed. The language level is quite complex with a lot of text. It looks like it is aimed at the 14-16 age range. The Geography poster deals with climate change impacts such as fresh water, agriculture and ecosystems, coasts, and health. The Science poster has even more text, with a section on climate in the past and now, the enhanced greenhouse effect, climate physics, and predicting future climate. These resources looks colourful and could have a place in a classroom or library poster board as a reminder of the main issues.
Type of resource: web site with information about available resources largely written in textual form as pdfs and not interactive.
Age range: 14-16
Key words: greenhouse effect, climate change, ecosystems and agriculture, political and technological solutions, data handling, climate modelling, risk calculation
Links to the national curriculum: climate and weather, handling data, energy balance, carbon cycle, ecology, loss of biodiversity, impacts of climate change, combustion, climate modelling, risk calculation
Reference:  http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-guide/climate-change





 

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