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Lesson 16: Climate Change

Grassland soil in Missouri; photo by Marli MillerDuring these last two weeks of the semester we'll explore several topics that are the "flip sides" of the resouce issues we've been considering for the past month. Specifically, we'll look at how humanity deals with the waste and pollution that result from the use of Earth's resources, and at the roles some pollutants are playing in changing the global environment. This week we'll focus on climate change and how it is affecting both living and non-living systems on Earth (like the Marjerie glacier in Alaska, right). In many cases, these are not uplifting topics. One of the promises of science, however, is that by objective study of nature we can learn what we've done wrong in the past and how to improve the future.

As you read through chapter 18 on climate change in our text and study the accompanying websites it will be helpful to take careful notes. Writing out key facts in your own words or making neatly labeled drawings will help you better understand the significance of what you've read and spot any gaps in your knowledge. Having complete notes will also make it easier for you to review for this week's quiz and and access what you've learned when you want to refer back to it for future assignments. Be sure that you are prepared to meet the learning objectives outlined below before you move on to the quiz at the bottom of the page. For this week's exercise you'll be revising your first abstract to come up with a final version that is as informative and well-written as possible.

Weekly Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this week's lesson, a student is expected to be able to:

Reading and Browsing Assignment

Exercise 16: Second Abstract (Due by 9:00 AM on 5-Dec-2011)

After you have received your first abstract back please print a copy and review my comments. Then let me know a good time for us to talk. We can either visit at the College or talk over the phone. I want to go over the comments I made on your first abstract before you write your second one. The instructions for writing your second abstract are the same as for the first, and can be found on the Writing Assignment page. When you are finished revising your abstract, please go to Exercise 16 in the Etudes "Assignments, Tests, and Surveys" area and follow the instructions to attach your file.

Quiz 16: Climate Change (Due by 9:00 AM on 5-Dec-2011.)

After you feel you have met the learning outcomes outlined above, please complete Quiz 16 in the Etudes "Assignments, Tests, and Surveys" area. There are ten questions, each worth one point. If you can answer all of them correctly it means that you know your way around the basics of climate change pretty well and are ready to move on to a more detailed look at air pollution and waste management next week. Remember, answers will be available for review after 10:00 AM on the Tuesday after the quiz closes, so please look over the results of your quiz and contact me if you have any questions about either content or scoring.