Scientists Measure How Quickly Antarctica Glacier Is Melting
Ask Students: Who is the scientist from New York University (NYU) that went on the voyage? What is the rate that the Thwaites glacier is melting per year?
Climate change’s connections with the extreme heat and weather events in the U.S. and around the globe have been well established. But climate change is also having a measurable impact on a much slower-moving development: the loss of glaciers and the melting of the ice. Miles O’Brien brings us this update on a scientist’s quest to chronicle what’s happening with one of the most important glaciers. For a transcript of this story, click here.
Scientist David Holland ran into major problems in collecting his data. What were three of the problems that he ran into and how did he solve each of them? What can you take from this video to use in your own life?
Media Literacy: The video shows that Antarctic glaciers are melting because of climate change. How can videos like this one influence change? Why is it the responsibility of the media to publish videos that showcase problems in the world?
Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom
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