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The Petition: A Global Warming Case



Co Authors:

Bruce C. Allen
Physics Department
University at Buffalo

Clyde Freeman Herreid
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
herreid@buffalo.edu

Abstract:

The goal of this dilemma case study is to teach students about global climate change.  The setting is a faculty meeting where the discussion has turned to a petition circulating in the scientific community against signing the Kyoto Treaty.  Students read graphs and interpret data and consider the political, economic, and ethical issues surrounding the controversy.  The case would be appropriate for use in a variety of courses, including biology, geology, chemistry, physics, meteorology, economics, political science, and ethics.

Objectives:
  • Learn about global warming and its possible causes.
  • Understand how temperature and carbon dioxide changes can be estimated.
  • Understand what controls weather patterns.
  • Learn about geochemical cycles.
  • Practice reading graphs and interpret data.
  • Understand how humans may impact the earth’s environment.
  • Explore the ethics, politics, and economics of scientific issues.
Keywords: Global warming; greenhouse effect; greenhouse gases; climate change; weather; CO2, carbon dioxide; Kyoto Protocol
Topical Area: Ethics, Policy issues, Social issues
Educational Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Dilemma/Decision, Discussion
Language: English
Subject Headings: Earth Science   Atmospheric Science   Geology   Biology (General)   Climatology / Meteorology  
Date Posted: 09/06/02
Date Modified: N/A
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