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Clean Air Act
Copenhagen Protocol
Kyoto Protocol
Montreal Protocol


Unit 10: Atmospheric Science, Air Pollution, & Climate Change


Chapter 17
Chapter 18

Goals: Atmospheric Science

  • Describe the composition, structure, and function of Earth's atmosphere
    • Explain how latitudinal differences, the Coriolis Effect, and Hadley Cells cause air to cycle
    • Compare warm and cold fronts
    • Explain thermal inversions
    • identify major molecular components of air
    • be able to give the percentages of the major components

Goals: Air Pollution

  • Outline the scope of outdoor air pollution and assess potential solutions
  • Give examples of natural causes of air pollution
  • Explain atmospheric ozone depletion and identify steps take to address it
  • Compare Tropospheric Ozone to Stratospheric Ozone
  • Define acidic deposition and illustrate its consequences
  • Explain how types of smog form
  • Characterize the scope of indoor air pollution and assess potential solutions
  • Identify major molecular components of air pollution

Goals: Climate Change

  • Describe the Earth's climate system and explain the many factors influencing global climate
  • Characterize human influences on the atmosphere and global climate
  • Summarize modern methods of climate research
  • Outline current and future trends and impacts of global climate change
  • Suggest ways we may respond to climate change



Disasters Game
Tonawanda, N.Y.

Noise Pollution

Noise Stresses Whales

Atmospheric Science

Interactive Layers of the Atmosphere
Ineractive Atmosphere
NASA Mapping Wind Currents

Air Pollution

Clean Air Act @ The EPA
Air Attack
Interactive Ozone Maker
Live Houston Ozone Levels
Sick Building Syndrome


Smog City
Photochemical Smog
Heat Island Effect
Heat Island Effect @ EPA
Houston's Smog Problem

Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor Air Pollution
Energy Poverty Kills


El Nino & La Nina
La Nina linked to Influenza

Hole in the Ozone

How Ozone Works
NOAA's History of the Montreal Protocol

Global Warming & Climate Change

Global Warming
Tree Atlas of Climate Change
Feeding the World & Climate Change
131 Years of Climate Change in 20 seconds
Frontline: Heat
Arctic Warming Mean More Snow?
Climate Change Means more Disease
Ocean Acidification
Oceans & Methane
Rick Santorum on the Environment