Scientific (background data, carbon cycling and footprint, etc.)
Global Climate Change
Mr. LaPlante and Mr. Sullivan
Page by: Amanda Fantini and Emily Jen sen

Greenland on Defrost Video April 3, 2009


Slide 1: First start off with a shocking querie ( not many people knew what greenhouse gasses were, this may come to a shock)
-Then briefly explain what green house gases are.(with some pictures, visually it may be easier to understand because I think some people think that the greenhouse part literally is in a greenhouse)
-Then explain the cause and effect. How the CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere and why it stays trapped.
Slide 2: Expanding onto a second slide, we could talk about the three major fossil fuels and how they are created
- when we started using them
- how fast the supply decreased.
We should use a clip in one of the movies we watched to help explain how the supply is decreasing while the demand is increasing. This might tie into some of the economic aspect.
Slide 3: Moving onto the usage of alternative energy.
-The science aspect of using photovoltaic panels. Giving the facts on how much energy the sun gives off in one day and other statistics on how important and essential it is to switch to alternative sources (this will tie into the alternative source group)
-The rate at which fossil fuels are being remain is so slow that it could never catch up to the rate in which we are burning them.
Slide 4: Talk about how we can make a difference at SA scientifically. Maybe encourage students to be more thoughtful about their carbon footprint.
-Some may not know what a carbon footprint is so we can explain that as well.

Key Players: Al Gore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Karim Asali, and Steven Chu

Steven Chu describes the ultimate energy technology

Key Sources: London Times and Wall Street Journal

Key Terms: Greenhouse gases: Greenhouse gases are those gaseous constituents—both natural and anthropogenic—of the Earth’s atmosphere that absorb infrared radiation emitted from the Earth’s surface, the atmosphere, and clouds. By absorbing infrared radiation, these gases trap energy in the Earth’s atmosphere and cause the greenhouse effect—the trapping of heat in the lower atmosphere—and influence the global climate. Water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) are the primary greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Alternative energy: Energy derived from any source other than fossil fuels.

Emissions: Anthropogenic releases of gases to the atmosphere. In the context of global climate change, they consist of radiatively important greenhouse gases.

New climate modeling of Venus may hold clues to Earth's future

Hot log topics:

3. Is the supply of fossil fuels decreasing?

4. Will Alternative Energy Resources prevent Global Climate Change and the Greenhouse Effect?

5. Does deforestation contribute to global climate change?

6. If photovoltaic solar cells are not that expensive to use, why aren't we using them?

Chapter Takeaways:

Chapter 1: "Green is not simply a new form of generating electric power. It is a new form of generating national power-period" (Friedman 23).

This chapter talks about where we are right now as a nation. We have not truly invested in our future and have become dependent on foreign oil. Although many people fear that going green would jeopardize the american lifestyle/economy, it would allow our nation to become more powerful and productive.

Chapter 2: This chapter starts to explain the whole hot topic occurring now days. With the over population and the hot weather we receive in the summer. We now live on earth with a staggering 6.7 billion people. On pg 28 Friedman tells us that it is estimated that it should increase by 2.5billion in around 43 years. Talk about crowded.

Chapter 3: "It is a tale of consumption in a flat world, when so many more people are starting to prosper, consume energy, and emit carbon dioxide at the same level of Americans" (Friedman 54).

Americans have to lead the way in becoming environmentally efficient become too many people have followed our dangerous behavior. Going green is challenging because people are going to have to change their current lifestyle, battle with the rising energy demand, and the time and money it will take to create/discover renewable energy sources.

Chapter 4: Chapter four explains the advantage that oil-owning countries have vs. countries that don’t. This really puts U.S. in a disadvantage because of our lack of oil and right now a major oil sources are in the countries that we are invading.

Chapter 5: "But we not only need people to accept that it is real, but also to accept just how real it could be-that the dice may come up sixty if we don't act now to begin mitigating and adapting." (Friedman 138).

This quote illustrates how climate change is not a matter of opinion or politics, but is a real life threat that cannot be avoided. If we do not prepare ourselves for the possibility of future damage, there will be no hope for us.

Chapter 6: This chapter emphasizes on the loss of many creatures and the endangering of them. These animals are crucial to world and our economy. This is a major issue that Friedman feels that collectively the world needs to help preserve the animals that we have left.

Chapter 7: "For the first time in the history of the world we have the opportunity to achieve a balance between localization and globalization"(Friedman 168). Energy poverty is a huge problem in our world today, but we can fix it by creating sustainable villages.

Chapter 8: This explains ways in which the world collectively can help stop global warming. The key is to start with baby steps and work our way up. First starting with local communities such as SA and then moving upward into state wide and so on and so worth. To bring up awareness as well as lessening the use of fossil fuels

Chapter 9: If the world wanted to maintain economic growth and avoid the doubling of CO2 levels in the atmosphere, we would have to decrease our carbon emissions by 80%.

Chapter 10: If we could manage power dips and "dial down" appliances, we could reduce our carbon emissions. We could use future technology such as smart grids.

Chapter 11: Even with a carbon tax, many people would still go out and buy vechiles such as hummers which pour a ton of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Chapter 12: We need to "nurture" all the available cost-effect energy efficiency at this moment in time, because it is cheaper than generating new electrons. However, we also need to "nurture" the cheapest emissions-free electrons to cover the rest of our energy needs.

Chapter 13: If we do not pay attention to all the things that the natural world gives us for free, then there will be no way to save it.

Chapter 14: You can tackle both social and ecology problems when Green jobs are provided to the public and the public make their homes energy efficient. 2) In 2006 a group of military officers decided to make a group called the “green hawks”. They wanted to make more efficient ways to save money. There is too much risk and equipment used in transporting the oil used for energy. They have already started to use foam for insulation instead of expensive air conditioners and heaters. More efficient tents are being made and can sleep more soldiers.

Chapter 15: China’s growth adds up by 10 percent each year. If China doesn’t change and become green, their communist leaders will not be able to provide for all the Chinese citizens. Friedman shares, that while he was in China he was informed that China can't stay communist in a world that is becoming hot, flat and crowded, particularly in that area.

Chapter 16: As years go on China’s communist leaders wont be able to control 1.4 billion people. Also, with the community growing at such a fast pace it will become even harder. Seeing that alternative energy sources have not been enforced yet, coal is the main energy source that will be used for the next few years until then. Making coal cleaner in the meantime will help the environment slightly.

Chapter 17: A green revolution needs to take place in order to make our environment cleaner. Americans need to be forced though to be able to accomplish this. Changing the law would make it so they wont have an option.