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G5-6 Text Set: Climate Change

DRYING UP Severe drought, like the one in Australia, will become more common as the planet gets warmer. BROOK MITCHELL—GETTY IMAGES

Rising temperatures. Intense droughts. Melting ice caps. Climate change and its effect on the planet are in the news quite often. This text set explores the theme of climate change by looking at its causes and at its impact around the world. It also presents different ways that people are choosing to combat climate change.

Essential Questions :

1. What is climate change?

2. What causes climate change?

3. How is climate change affecting the planet and its people, animals, and resources?

4. What can people do to combat climate change?

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United Youth

October 10, 2019

UNITED NATIONS, New York— It’s 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 21. Five people are seated at the center of the Trusteeship Council Chamber. Four of them are youth climate activists. The fifth is United Nations (U.N.) secretary-general António Guterres. Typically,…



The Future of Food?

August 8, 2019

Climate change could soon drastically reduce the world’s food supply. That’s according to a report released Thursday by the United Nations. The report was created by a group of more than a hundred experts from 52 countries. Climate change has…


Planting Seeds

July 30, 2019

On Monday, millions of people in Ethiopia planted more than 350 million trees in 12 hours. The event was part of the country’s Green Legacy Initiative. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched the initiative in May. He hopes to reverse the…

Polar Bear

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What is Global Warming?

August 28, 2018

Earth’s climate is changing at an unprecedented rate. As a result, storms and droughts are becoming more intense. Temperatures are rising. Polar ice caps are melting. This is causing oceans to rise. Low coastal areas are flooding. Animals are losing…

United States

Climate in Court

April 5, 2018

Levi Draheim lives in Satellite Beach, Florida. It’s warm year-round there, and Levi, 10, spends most of his time outside. He often walks from his house to the beach to go swimming and boogie boarding. But when Levi grows up,…

Disaster's Cost

January 16, 2018

Monster hurricanes. Ferocious wildfires. They helped make 2017 the costliest year ever for weather 
disasters in the United States. Last year, the nation was hit by 16 disasters that each topped $1 billion in 
damages. The total cost came to…

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