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Lesson Plan: Global Warming

Is human activity bringing about alarming global warming scenarios and related catastrophes? Or is such thinking a myth brought about by flawed or incomplete science? Finding the answers to these questions has turned global warming into a highly politicized and contentious issue.

Use the NOW Classroom standards-linked lesson on global warming to help students research and form credible opinions. This lesson is designed for social studies, debate, language arts, government/citizenship, and current events classes, grades 9-12.

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Also feel free to show NOW on PBS programs related to global warming to inspire discussion, critical thinking, and debate.

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Our Oceans: What Could Happen
Jacqueline Savitz, a scientist for Oceana, a global ocean conservation group, predicts what our oceans may look like in years to come.

The Future of Green Jobs
Chip Giller, founder of the environmental news site Grist.org, talks to about the future of green collar jobs.

Five Questions with Environmental Writer Tom Philpott
Philpott answers five questions about alternative energy sources

Stepping Up on Climate Control
Profiles "Step it Up" and the national campaign to combat global warming

Interview with Bill McKibben: National Day of Climate Action
Interview with Bill McKibben discussing the National Day of Climate Action and what he believes we must do to combat global warming

Climate Change and the Media Senate Hearings
Examines the role of the media and expert claims that the dangers of global warming are exaggerated by the media

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