Global Change

  • Explain radiative forcing, greenhouse gases, and the enhanced greenhouse effect.
  • Explain how climate models project future climate conditions.
  • Describe the importance of extreme and unpredictable climate change.
  • Differentiate between sea-level rise due to melting ice and that due to the thermal expansion of water.
  • Describe how climate change will impact nonhuman life.
  • Give examples of effects of climate change on humans.
  • Explain why reducing atmospheric carbon will require reductions or changes in global energy use.
  • Differentiate between carbon capture and storage and reduced CO2 production.
  • Discuss the need for international commitment to allow climate change mitigation to succeed.