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Climate Change - Student Handout (Academic)
Individually, while reviewing the Climate Change slide deck, at times you will be asked to record your answer
to questions in the google document. Please find the appropriate question and respond in full sentences.
Let’s think: (38 marks)
1. What is climate change? (1 mark)
Climate change is any significant long term change (or abnormal variation) in the expected pattern of
average weather in the region (or the whole earth) over a significant period of time.
2. What is the difference between the greenhouse effect and the enhanced greenhouse effect? (2 marks)
The difference between the greenhouse effect and the enhanced greenhouse effect is that the
greenhouse effect is the trapping heat under the atmosphere, which is a natural effect caused by
greenhouse gases. ... However, when greenhouse gas concentrations are too high, they trap too much
heat and increase the temperature on Earth, causing the enhanced greenhouse effect.
3. Looking at the list of Natural and Human Sources of Major Greenhouse gases, how do you specifically
connect the contribution of Greenhouse gases? Simply list out 5 examples (5 marks)
I specifically connect to the contribution of Greenhouse gases because I used the garbage (Landfill
site), I have coolants in the refrigerator and air conditioners, I have purchased industrial emissions such
as clothing. I have also specifically connected to the contribution of Greenhouse gases because
4. Looking at the top producers of Greenhouse Gases, why do you think China is the highest producer of
greenhouse gas emissions? (2 marks)
I think China is the highest producer of greenhouse gas emissions because of the large size of the
country, its resources based on the economy. China is also the highest producer of greenhouse
emissions because of the volume of goods that export, the high population, high energy demands due
to climate change, and industrial growth.
Looking at the map of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions per Capita, what patterns can you see on the
map regarding the nations with the highest GHG emissions? (2 marks)
The pattern that I see on the map regarding the nation with the highest GHG emissions is that countries
with a big amount of GHG emissions are colored in dark red. And places with low GHG emissions are
colored in lighter colors.
5. Looking at the evidence of change, answer the following questions (8 marks)
a. Where in Canada is experiencing the greatest warming? Why do you think we are seeing the
strongest warming trend there?
Canada is experiencing the greatest warming in
b. What is happening to the dry places like the prairies and the wet coastal areas of BC and the
The dry places like the prairies are becoming drier. And the wet coastal areas of British
Columbia and the Maritimes are becoming rainier.
c. What is going to happen to the vegetation (biomes) in Canada? What impact will that have?
The vegetation (biomes) in Canada is expected to reduce boreal forest in Canada, while areas
of grassland and temperate grassland increase. Vegetation will migrate slowly. The impact that
it will have is that it is likely to cause dieback and loss of insects, disease, and fires in those
ecosystems where climate change imposes the greatest stress
d. In Canada, due to climate change, what does the agricultural yields look like? Why?
In Canada, due to climate change, the agricultural yields look like
6. Looking back at how the scientific community defines “dangerous climate change” (slide 17) and
looking at slide 25 regarding climate change in Canada, why is this the dangerous climate change a
particular concern to Canadians? (2 marks)
This dangerous climate change is a particular concern to Canadians because it will increase average
air and ocean temperatures, it’s altering Canadains landscape, and it will touch Canadians in every aspect of
their lives from ski conditions to air quality wideapread melting of snow anf ice, increased frequency of extrem
7. Looking at the slides (26-30) connected to climate change in Canada, select the 5 impacts that you are
most concerned about and briefly explain why you are most concerned about them? (Note, can be
positive or negative) ( 5 marks)
The 5 impacts that I am most concerned about is warmer drier summers
8. Turn to pages 84-85 in your textbook (see pictures attached in post) (5 marks)
a. Read about all the regions in Canada and select the one region in which region you think faces
the greatest effects of climate change?
One region in which I think faces the greatest effects of climate change in Western Canada,
which includes British Columbia. I say this because it experiences increased frequency of forest
fires, storm surges, landslides, coastal erosion, hail storms, droughts, blizzards, and even floods
could have devastating effects on critical industries in British Columbia, forestry and tourism
industries. Fisheries are also affected because of rising sea levels and higher freshwater
temperature, changes in the volume, timing and even temperature of river flows.
9. Looking back at the connections between climate change and natural disasters (slides 33-40), what do
you think the future of natural disasters (particularly atmospheric and hydrologic), iif climate change
continues? (3 marks)
The future of natural disasters (particularly atmospheric and hydrologic), if climate change continues
10. Looking back at how we can impact global climate change (slides 42-46), which do you think will have
the biggest impact on climate change, International Agreements, National Agreements, Local
Agreements, or Individually? Support your response. (3 marks)
Now It’s Your Turn? (10 marks)
Looking back at everything we covered in the slide deck and your answers to the above questions, answer
TWO of the following questions in full sentences. Each question is worth 5 marks, so make sure it’s about 5
sentences long. Also make sure to be specific and do simply more than copying directly from the slide deck.
Why should Canadians care about global climate change?
Canadians should care about global climate change because the future of the planet is on the
line. As our Earth is heating up, people across the globe are experiencing rainstorms, extreme
heatwaves, powerful tropical cyclones. Rising sea levels are flooding coastal areas, destroying
homes, precious natural spaces, and swallowing entire islands. Some populations of animals
have started to die out. The most vulnerable among us – children, the elderly, and the poor –
are in danger of increasing heat stress and air pollution.
How do Canadians contribute to global climate change?
Canadians contribute to global climate change by causing changes in Earth’s atmosphere and in the amounts
of greenhouse gases. The largest known contribution comes from burning fossil fuels, which release carbon
dioxide into the atmosphere. The second-largest contribution comes from deforestation, which captures CO2
preventing them from accumulating in the atmosphere. The third biggest of how Canadians contribute to global
climate change is agriculture. Food is a basic human need, but before you get it on your table, it goes through
production, storage, processing, packaging, transportation, and preparation. Every stage of food production
releases substantial amounts of greenhouse gases.
How will a changing climate affect Canada and Canadians?
A changing climate will affect Canada and Canadians by making us experience more extreme
and unpredictable weather patterns. Canada's agricultural regions will likely see drier summers
from coast to coast, but increased winter and spring precipitation. This means that farmers may
have to deal with both too much water during the seeding season and too little water during the
growing season, all in the same year. A changing climate is also affecting Canada and
Canadians by making people around Canada’s coastal areas and cities that will be vulnerable to
rising sea levels, which brings them to the threat of flooding. There will be bad quality of air
making it hard to breathe, stroke, disease, and cancer.
What can be done to limit or even reverse the effects of global climate change?
To limit or even reverse the effects of global climate change, we could reduce greenhouse
gases. Greenhouse gases are important. Without them, the Earth would lose heat too quickly
and life as we know it would be impossible to sustain. But humans are increasing the
greenhouse gas effect through carbon dioxide gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuel.
Another way that we could limit or even reverse the effects of global climate change is by
stopping the cut down of trees, starting re-foresting plants, switching to environmentally friendly
fuels and energy production methods, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, installing
energy-friendly appliances. And much more.
Complete the “Climate Change” section of the Unit One Culminating
What is Due this week?
1. Answers to the “Let’s think” and the “Now it’s your Turn” Questions
2. Unit One Culminating Organizer