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The greenhouse effect and its consequences - Investigating global warming

This set of activities from the European Space Agency includes hands-on experiments. Students are guided to interpret satellite images to better understand the overall effects of global warming.

In the first activity, students demonstrate to themselves the greenhouse effect. The experiment is complemented by the interpretation of satellite images showing the Earth’s CO2 levels at different periods in time. Students then learn about some of the consequences of an increased greenhouse effect – ice melting and changing albedo values. Students will explore these topics in the second and third activities. Access to an IR-thermometer is required for activity 3.

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