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Adaptation and Climate Change Costs from MIT’s TILclimate podcast

Grade Level Grades 9-12, Higher Education
Resource Type Activity, Handout
Standards Alignment
State-specific

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As discussed in the podcast episode, financial investments are needed to both slow down climate change and prepare for climate impacts. Students investigate projects and data to learn about the opportunities of multisolving to make smart decisions for our future.

SWBAT

  • Explain that extreme weather events are increasing in severity around the world as a result of climate change.
  • Understand that decision-makers must balance the cost of adaptation and mitigation (reducing carbon dioxide emissions) with the increasing costs of inaction.
  • Describe adaptation and multisolving stories that are exciting and interesting to them.

Skills

  • Reading graphs
  • Reading maps
  • Summarizing case studies

Standards Alignment: 

  • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. 
  • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem.
  • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text.

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  • ESS2.D Weather and Climate
  • ESS3.B Natural Hazards
  • ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • ESS3.D Global Climate Change

Standards

Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
Determine the central ideas, themes, or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
The role of radiation from the sun and its interactions with the atmosphere, ocean, and land are the foundation for the global climate system. Global climate models are used to predict future changes, including changes influenced by human behavior and natural factors.
Natural hazards and other geological events have shaped the course of human history at local, regional, and global scales.
Sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources, including the development of technologies.
Global climate models used to predict changes continue to be improved, although discoveries about the global climate system are ongoing and continually needed.

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