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Arctic ice melting

What do you think might be causing the big sea ice melt in the Arctic? Is it a natural phenomenon or is something else occurring? Watch this short clip to find out what scientists think is happening to the ice in the Arctic.

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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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The Earth's warming

How might the Earth's warming affect humans in the future? In this clip some possible extreme consequences of taking no action on reducing greenhouse emissions are raised.

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Arctic sea ice

Can you imagine the Arctic without any ice? In this clip you will voyage into the Arctic and witness the shrinking of the vast sea ice. Scientists use animation to show how the ice has reduced over time, and predict how long before it completely disappears during summer months. Discover some possible implications of this ...

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Arctic ice melt and sea levels

How might increased melting of Arctic sea ice affect sea levels? Watch this short clip to find out why scientists are concerned by the trend of shrinking sea ice in the Arctic.

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Polar explorer observes Arctic melt, 2009

An Australian polar explorer describes his experience and observations of the Arctic following a three-month expedition around Greenland. Onboard Greenpeace's MV 'Arctic Sunrise' in 2009, Eric Philips saw at firsthand the conditions of the ice in the Arctic. Listen as Eric describes the changes he has seen after many yearly ...

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A polar bear excursion

Polar bears live in the Arctic, an extreme environment that is cold and icy. Watch this clip to see a mother polar bear and her two young cubs as they begin to explore the environment outside their winter den. The cubs depend on their mother and her natural instincts to survive in this harsh habitat.

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First sign of climate change

This is a video resource describing the rapid loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic, which has warmed at twice the global rate over the last 50 years. The video features footage of the Arctic and some of the wildlife dependent on that environment, and makes effective use of time-lapse animation to show the dramatic reduction ...

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Arctic exploration

This is a video resource describing research carried out in the Arctic by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists operating from the US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy. The video explains that because summer Arctic ice cover is diminishing due to climate change, scientists consider it vitally important ...

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Eco-regions: Arctic

This is a comprehensive resource about the Arctic and the species of flora and fauna that inhabit the region. It contains eight major sections: Description, Range, Biodiversity, Threats, Conservation, Find out more, Glossary and References. They can be viewed separately or all at once. Links via images on the right-hand ...

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GeogSpace: year 2 - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The focus is on a student's understanding of the earth, as represented by a world map and a globe. Illustration 1 is a set of activities using a globe of the world as a model of the earth. Illustration ...