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Our role in ocean acidification

This is a colour video clip of marine scientist Abby Smith discussing the effects of increased levels of carbon dioxide on marine animals. Smith is a teacher and researcher at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Carbon dioxide and the oceans

This is a colour video clip describing how carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are increasing global temperatures and causing acidification of the oceans. It features two New Zealand scientists, hydrologist Dr Dave Campbell of the University of Waikato, who talks about atmospheric water vapour, and ...

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Australian Greenhouse Calculator

The Australian Greenhouse Calculator (AGC) is a digital tool accessible on the Australian Greenhouse Calculator website. The AGC helps students to explore how their lifestyle contributes to greenhouse gas emissions (ghg). Students use the AGC to analyse how to live more sustainably. They investigate 11 modules including ...

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Geoengineering - a solution to climate change?

What is geoengineering, and how is it being investigated by scientists as a means of combating climate change? Learn about some climate control techniques that could slow down or even reverse the effects of global warming. Hear an atmospheric physicist explain the pros and cons of geoengineering techniques.

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Aboriginal fire knowledge reduces greenhouse gases

Come on an eye-opening trip to Western Arnhem Land in northern Australia to find out how Aboriginal fire-control techniques are used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by thousands of tonnes.On the trip you will also find out how exploding ping-pong balls are used to create low greenhouse gas firebreaks at the right time ...

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Earth needs its atmosphere!

Discover why the atmosphere is crucial to life on Earth. Learn how the atmosphere creates the weather and clouds, and provides blue skies and red sunsets. See how worldwide wind patterns form. View scientists investigating how greenhouse gases have changed over thousands of years, and what the recent dramatic changes could ...

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Towering global oil consumption

Watch as computer-generated imagery helps us imagine how much oil humans use every year.

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Greenhouse effect tips toward climate catastrophe

Follow the carbon atom, the central character in this story about oil, as it is released as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributes to the greenhouse effect. See how other events like melting glaciers amplify that effect and contribute to an increasingly overheated climate. Learn about what might tip us over ...

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Oil from super-greenhouse events

Why did most of the world's oil deposits form at a specific prehistoric time? Learn how overheated super-greenhouse climates caused vast stretches of the world's oceans to stagnate and become depleted of oxygen. Discover the connection between these anoxic events and Earth's oil reserves. Watch scientists investigating ...

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The Kyoto Protocol: exploring a debate

Climate change remains a hot topic in Australia. Different people express various and often opposing viewpoints about how best to address climate change. As you watch this clip from 2007, explore the debate surrounding the Kyoto Protocol and practise analysing speakers' arguments.

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Homely greenhouse horror story

An Australian family finds out why their energy bills are soaring. Join the McSweeney-Glenright family as the Carbon Cops audit their energy use around the house, putting their water use, transportation options and household heating under the microscope.

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Life choices, transport choices

The movement of goods and people is an essential part of daily life. Different forms of transportation have advantages and disadvantages. Watch the members of the McSweeney-Glenright family try out a range of transportation options that will reduce their carbon dioxide emissions significantly while helping them improve ...

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Changing bad energy habits

Australian's carbon emissions per person are among the highest in the world. Watch the McSweeney-Glenright family as they make changes to reduce the amount of energy they use and the greenhouse gas emissions they generate. What do they do, and what are the benefits?

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Shining the light on a more sustainable globe

Artificial lighting methods have changed with the invention of new lighting technologies designed to be more energy efficient and to reduce the use of resources. Since electricity has been used as an energy source, incandescent and fluorescent globes and, more recently, light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been used in our ...

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Clean alternatives to fossil fuels

Most of the world's energy comes from burning fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas. This results in huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. However, some countries are moving towards cleaner, renewable energy sources. Travel to Spain, Iceland and Scotland's Orkney Islands to learn about some alternative ways of harnessing ...

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Burning coal on a grand scale

Scotland's Longannet power station can burn up to 1000 tonnes of coal an hour! One of the largest coal-fired power stations in Europe, it produces much of Scotland's electricity. It also produces huge volumes of greenhouse gases. Take a tour through this huge facility as it was in 2012, and find out about a gas emissions ...

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Low-emission technology

This collection of 20 digital curriculum resources is divided into four sections: renewable energy technologies; nuclear technology; low-emission fossil fuel technologies; and comparing technologies. It contains videos, learning objects, information sheets, and a PowerPoint presentation exploring methods of reducing carbon ...

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Loggerheads, c1990: Forest justification

This clip shows environmentalist Bill Mollison explaining why he believes it is important to conserve Australia's forests. Mollison, a former timber industry worker and now a leading advocate of permaculture, argues that forests create soil, purify the air and play a vital role in the water cycle and the prevention of drought. ...

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Integrated gasification combined cycle

Find out how emissions from coal-burning can be reduced by turning the coal into syngas. This is a fact sheet describing methods of coal gasification, and how the resulting syngas can drive a combined cycle power generator. It lists the advantages of the technology, including lower emissions and increased efficiency, as ...

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Geological sequestration

This is an information sheet containing a student activity simulating geological sequestration of carbon dioxide as well as background information for teachers. The background information describes sequestration in geologic formations, including oil and gas reservoirs, unmineable coal seams and deep saline reservoirs. The ...