Global Warming

Coral Bleaching, Indonesia

Coral Bleaching, Indonesia

The context of global warming and climate change is used to investigate the carbon cycle, effects on the oceans, energy transformations and transfers, fuels, the chemistry of coal-fired power stations and batteries.

Students

  • Learn about the carbon cycle
  • Investigate what is happening in our oceans
  • Investigate energy transformations and energy transfers
  • Investigate fuels
  • The chemistry of coal-fired power stations – the inside story
  • Investigate batteries

Maps to year 10 Earth and space sciences

Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere

Elaborations

  • investigating how human activity affects global systems
  • modelling a cycle, such as the water, carbon, nitrogen or phosphorus cycle within the biosphere
  • explaining the causes and effects of the greenhouse effect
  • investigating the effect of climate change on sea levels and biodiversity

Maps to year 9 Chemical sciences

Chemical reactions, including combustion and the reactions of acids, are important in both non-living and living systems and involve energy transfer

Elaborations

  • investigating reactions of acids with metals, bases, and carbonates
  • recognising the role of oxygen in combustion reactions and comparing combustion with other oxidation reactions
  • describing how the products of combustion reactions affect the environment

Global Warming and Oceans

The context of global warming and climate change is used to investigate ocean acidification; the effects on wildlife and habitat; the effects of melting polar caps and melting glacier and the effects of sea level rise on environment and people

Maps to year 10 Earth and space sciences

Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere

Elaborations

  • investigating how human activity affects global systems
  • modelling a cycle, such as the water, carbon, nitrogen or phosphorus cycle within the biosphere
  • explaining the causes and effects of the greenhouse effect
  • investigating the effect of climate change on sea levels and biodiversity
  • considering the long-term effects of loss of biodiversity
  • investigating currently occurring changes to permafrost and sea ice and the impacts of these changes
  • examining the factors that drive the deep ocean currents, their role in regulating global climate, and their effects on marine life