Ch 48: Understanding Climate Change

About This Chapter

Gain an elevated understanding of climate change with video lessons covering greenhouse gas, polar ice caps, past climates, and much more. These lessons can help you feel more prepared to take an exam or participate in a class discussion.

Understanding Climate Change - Chapter Summary

In this chapter on understanding climate change, brief video lessons cover key topics, such as the importance of the ozone layer. Knowledgeable instructors also review the temperature of polar ice caps and melting effects. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to do the following without hesitation:

  • Discuss climate change and past climates
  • Recall different factors involved in climate change
  • Explain the causes of greenhouse gas
  • Describe harmful effects of ozone layer thinning
  • Recount what causes sea level changes
  • Outline political issues surrounding climate change
  • Provide various facts about polar ice caps

Our professional instructors make learning fun and easy with helpful illustrations to assist you with grasping the concepts presented on climate change. A brief quiz is available for each lesson to test your comprehension of the topics covered. The quizzes link back to points in the lessons, which makes it easy for you to revisit a topic if you get a quiz question wrong.

7 Lessons in Chapter 48: Understanding Climate Change
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Past Climates & Climate Change

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.

Factors Involved in Climate Change

2. 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.

What Is Greenhouse Gas? - Definition, Causes & Effects

3. What Is Greenhouse Gas? - Definition, Causes & Effects

You hear a lot about greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect these days, but what exactly is a greenhouse gas? You may be surprised to learn that greenhouse gases are not only naturally occurring, but are also essential to life on Earth.

The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

4. 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.

Polar Ice Caps: Temperature, Melting Effects & Facts

5. Polar Ice Caps: Temperature, Melting Effects & Facts

What are the polar ice caps? How do they regulate sea level and temperature on Earth? Polar bears aren't the only ones who should care about the melting of the polar ice caps. It's an issue that affects us all.

Changes in Sea Level: Causes & the Effect on the Environment

6. Changes in Sea Level: Causes & the Effect on the Environment

Sea level rise is a natural process, but recent trends are concerning because it is increasing at an alarming rate. In this lesson, you'll learn what causes changes in sea level and what effect rising sea level has on humans and the environment.

Climate Change: Economic & Political Issues

7. Climate Change: Economic & Political Issues

Learn about the economic and political issues related to both acting and failing to act to reduce climate change. What are the costs involved? And how has climate change been used as a political issue?

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