The Earth’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 100 years. That may not sound like a lot, but it usually takes thousands of years for Earth’s climate to change that drastically. Is it just a coincidence that Earth’s population and human-made carbon dioxide emissions have also exploded in the past 100 years? If we are causing this warming, should we do anything about it? What effects will we see if Earth continues to warm over the next few hundred years?
Science 360: Heat Wave explores global warming science and policy with graphics, animations, and audience response devices. Heat Wave also helps audience members learn about what they can do to cut back their carbon dioxide emissions while saving money at the same time.
Recommended for ages 8 and older. This Science 360 is supported by the National Science Foundation.