Is Climate Change Just a Lot of Hot Air?

This short video illustrates how warming ocean temperature is a major factor in climate change, particularly the increase in severity of extreme weather (notably storms and drought).

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Henry Reich
MinuteEarth

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Teaching Tips

Stop the video at the 1:40 mark to avoid the ads at the end.

Video's narration moves very quickly through concepts such heat capacity of the ocean, capacity of the atmosphere to absorb water vapor as temperature increases, and NASA visualizations of changes in ocean surface temperatures over time. Educator may want to show video several times and/or pause frequently to clarify and/or check for understanding.

Consider using this resource after some instruction in heat capacity vs temperature and the role large bodies of water have on weather systems and climate.