The Indian dipole

Global warming has been called by a number of different terms in recent years: global heating, climate crisis and Hothouse Earth, for example. These terms suggest that ‘warming’ might be too ’soft’ a term and may ignore the fact that in many places, there is a significant rise in temperature, hence ‘heating’. One example is the rise in temperatures in the Indian Ocean which may be linked to the bush-fires in Australia and flooding in parts of Africa. The Indian Ocean ...

Global Warming

Global warming is still a topic that stirs a range of emotions in people. Is it real? Is it made up? Is it something to worry about or not? Will it actually affect you? But, love it or hate it, the topic is not going to go away. We have just had some training on how to teach this and I thought it was worth sharing with you. Take the premise 'Global Warming is going to cause more extreme weather patterns'. Then, think of the ...

Focus on Carbon

I have come across the following YouTube clips on carbon and global warming and thought that I would use them as a mini topic this week. They could, I guess, be used an organic chemistry resource  (OK, obvious, I know), but also used in conjunction with the bonding unit, the energetics unit and the environmental option. ypbb9Zi5Tao  

The Carbon Cycle (in a nutshell)

  The recycling of Carbon on the earth is an essential process as it helps maintain the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.   Carbon is stored (locked up) in fossil fuels, the sea, organic material and the atmosphere. This balance was evenly maintained …. until we came along and started to cut down trees or burn fossil fuels, increasing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Article adapted from: