Lesson B3 - Humans and greenhouse gases
Through a mystery-solving activity, the students gain an understanding of the historical causes of climate change. The students analyse different scientific data to learn more about greenhouse gases and the human activities that produce them.
Anthropogenic climate change – climate change induced by human activities – concerns ongoing and future changes of the Earth’s climate.
In the 19th century, progress in science and technology, alongside socio-economic changes and new forms of production, led to an industrial revolution in Europe. Burning of fossil fuels has been increasing ever since.
The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is increasing. Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and water vapour (H2O) are greenhouse gases.
The temperature of the atmosphere is increasing faster than ever before. Since pre-industrial times until 2017, the global mean atmospheric temperature had already increased by approximately 1oC.