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Climate Change & Air Pollution - Chapter Summary
Let the lessons in this chapter help you review facts about climate change and air pollution. Our instructors discuss why the thinning of the ozone layer is harmful and what is causing global warming. You'll study the impact of global climate change and how these harmful effects can be mitigated. Other lessons explore sources of air pollution and how air pollution differs according to a nation's industrial development. After working through these lessons, you should be ready to:
- Define air pollution and list its sources and types
- Contrast air pollution in developed and developing nations
- Discuss past climates and climate change
- Share methods for determining past climates
- Identify natural causes of climate change
- List evidence of human-induced climate change
You can access these brief lessons whenever your schedule permits on a computer or mobile device. The quizzes that follow each lesson let you gauge your learning and determine where you might need extra review. Written transcripts of each video are available, allowing you to read along with the instructor.
1. Past Climates & Climate Change
Climate change is a big topic nowadays, but why? In this lesson, we are going to explore the changing climate throughout Earth's history and see why the current change is such a big deal.
2. Methods for Determining Past Climates
You've probably heard that Earth has experienced an Ice Age. But if people weren't there to see it, how do we know? Discover how scientists use evidence collected today to deduce climates many thousands and millions of years in the past.
3. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning
In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the ozone layer and how it is depleted. You will also study the research and policy that has been instrumental in its recovery.
4. Natural Causes of Climate Change
Climate change is a complex occurrence with many possible causes. Here we will discuss the natural factors that affect climate change. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.
5. Factors Involved in Climate Change
Our Earth's climate has changed many times in her 4.5 billion year lifetime. Discover the multiple factors that influence these changes and test your understanding with a short quiz.
6. Evidence of Human-Induced Climate Change
What is climate change, and why is it happening? Learn about the science behind global warming, and the evidence that humans are the primary cause of climate change.
7. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate
Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.
8. Global Climate Change: Effects and Mitigation Strategies
In this video lesson, you will learn about the potential effects of global climate change. You will also learn how some are working to better understand climate change in order to slow the rate of temperature increase on Earth.
9. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types
In this video lesson, you will learn about the sources and types of air pollution. You will be able to identify the six classes of air pollutants identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act of 1970.
10. Controlling Air Pollution: How Developed & Developing Nations Differ
In this lesson, you will learn how air pollution is controlled in developed and developing nations. You will also learn about the U.S. Clean Air Act and how it has evolved over the years to address air pollution in the United States.
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Other chapters within the MTTC Earth/Space Science (020): Practice & Study Guide course
- Foundations of Earth Science
- Basics of Inquiry & Research in Earth & Space Science
- Scientific Data & Calculations
- Laboratory Equipment, Safety & Procedures
- Scientific Tools Used in Earth & Space Science
- Earth's Formation & Structure
- Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift & Ocean Formations
- Understanding Earthquakes
- Rocks & Minerals
- Effect of Weathering, Erosion & Deposition
- Geologic Time & Earth's History
- Environmental Impacts of Earth's Natural Resources
- Properties of Water & the Hydrologic Cycle
- Ocean Formation & Characteristics
- Earth's Groundwater
- Earth's Fresh Water
- Global Water Issues
- The Structure & Characteristics of Earth's Atmosphere
- Wind, Air Masses & ENSO in Atmospheric Circulation
- Clouds, Condensation & Precipitation
- Weather Conditions, Patterns & Severe Weather
- The Sun-Earth-Moon System
- Solar Radiation, Energy & Light
- Celestial Orbit Characteristics
- Formation of the Solar System
- Celestial Bodies in the Solar System
- Kepler & Newton's Laws of Motion
- Star Types & Life Cycle
- Origins & Theories of the Universe
- Introduction to the History of Astronomy
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