Classroom Resources: That Sinking Feeling

By Nick Atkinson
April-June 2007 (Vol. 8, No. 2)

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Discussion Questions

  1. If we can’t know for sure whether carbon sequestration is worth doing as a strategy to mitigate against climate change, is it worth doing?
  2. What are the consequences, pro and con, of announcing controversial findings in a newspaper like the New York Times?
  3. If forests in one location have a different effect on climate mitigation than forests in another, and if climate change will affect everyone on Earth to some extent, what might this mean for how we engage in international cooperation on forest conservation and economic development?

Websites for Further Information

Carbon sequestration in the News

  1. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F10812FB3B540C758DDDA80894DF404482
  2. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F60F11FE3E5B0C768DDDAD0894DF404482

Key Concepts

  • Carbon sequestration
  • Carbon offsets
  • Carbon cycle
  • Global warming
  • Climate change
  • Albedo effect
  • Water cycle
  • Forest fire
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