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Author

IPCC

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Civics, Health

Resource Type

  • Scientific Papers or Reports

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (2018)

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Synopsis
  • This is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that was released in 2018. 
  • The report is divided into several sections detailing the impacts of global warming, ways to reduce human-produced greenhouse gas emissions, the feasibility of different adaptation and mitigation efforts, and suggestions for sustainable development. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The resource includes summaries and a glossary of terms.
  • Each chapter can be downloaded individually.
  • This is a good resource for virtual learning, as students can access it online.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This report uses dense scientific language. The Summary for Policymakers is the shortest and easiest part for students to understand.
  • The Executive Summaries, at the beginning of each chapter, provide a good overview of the section.

Differentiation

  • This is a good primary source document for students to analyze. Teachers could ask students to identify how a primary source, like the IPCC report, differs from a secondary source, like a newspaper article about the report.
  • Teachers could divide students into five groups to work on the 5 chapters. In a virtual setting, teachers could use breakout rooms for group work.
  • Other resources on this topic include this graphic novel about the history of the IPCC, this video overview of the IPCC 2018 report, and this course on climate politics.
Scientist Notes
There is no contradiction in the resource. This resource is recommended.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
      • HS-ESS3-5. Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
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