Stay Current 2023

The GSS email list (google group) receives “Stay Current” articles (excerpts and links to the source articles). To receive them email gssmail@berkeley.edu with subject line “Join GSS”. Please give your city, state, country, and your school (if you’re a teacher). See also “Stay Current” links in each book’s Contents table. Some news sources limit the […]

EF4C. Stay Current—How Does the Sun Shine?

Staying current for Chapter 4 {Energy Flow Contents} See the Sun’s Chinese New Year dragon at the Space Weather website. Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) movie of “coronal rain” on the Sun. 2023-12-04. Protecting Power Grids from Space Weather. [https://eos.org/research-spotlights/protecting-power-grids-from-space-weather] By Rachel Fritts, Eos/AGU. Excerpt: Activity from the Sun, such as solar flares, can cause fluctuations in Earth’s geomagnetic […]

TG Energy Flow

{ GSS Teacher Guide Index } { All GSS Books } ~{}~ Objectives [] Planning [] Assessment [] ResourcesGuides for each Chapter: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9Index of TG Investigations Teaching Objectives  Energy Flow is about the ways that energy from the Sun […]

Teacher Guide for GSS

{ To GSS Books } TEACHER GUIDE CONTENTS Introduction 1. Map of the GSS Course 4. How Can I Customize GSS for My Students? 7. How is GSS Related to Science Education Reform? 2. What is Global Systems Science? 5. What Teaching Methods Should I Use? 8. How Was GSS Created? 3. What Will My […]

EU3C. Stay Current—Fossil Fuels

Staying current for Chapter 3 See non-chronological resources Articles from:{2015–2021}-{2008–2014}-{2001–2007} { Energy Use Contents } 2024-01-25. Industry reports drastically underestimate carbon emissions. [https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adj6233] By MEGAN HE et al, Science. Summary: The Athabasca oil sands in Alberta, Canada represent the world’s largest deposit of crude bitumen—a dense, extremely viscous form of petroleum. Extracting oil from these deposits generates […]

EU6. Energy in Society

Chapter 6 { Energy Use Contents } I. The Big Picture The flow chart above may look complicated, but it’s really not difficult to interpret. It provides THE BIG PICTURE of how the United States uses its energy resources. The boxes on the left side of the chart show the major primary sources that humans […]

EU3. Fossil Fuels

Chapter 3 { Energy Use Contents } Next time you look at a blade of grass, think about this: without green plants none of us would survive.  In some cases, we eat plants directly to get the energy that is stored in them. In other cases, cows or pigs eat the plants, store the energy […]

EU2.1. Doing Work to Create Electricity

{ Energy Use Contents } { All GSS Books } Use magnets and coils of wire to investigate what kind of responses you can get from an electric meter. Your challenge is to arrange and rearrange the magnets and wires to generate as much electrical output as you can. Materials magnet wire (24 gauge, 3 […]

EF9C. Stay Current—How Does Energy Flow in Living Systems?

{ Energy Flow Contents } See also… Ecosystem Change, Chapter 2 (Energy Through a System) and Chapter 5 (Carbon in the Biosphere) Losing Biodiversity, Chapter 5 (Soil, the Living Skin of the Earth) and Chapter 7 (One Global Ocean) 2021-04-22. Microbes are siphoning massive amounts of carbon from Earth’s tectonic plates. By Raleigh McElvery, Science Magazine. Excerpt: […]

EF8C. Stay Current—What is El Niño?

Staying current for Chapter 8 See Non-chronological Resources. { Energy Flow Contents } 2024-02-01. The Coral Chronicles. [https://www.science.org/content/article/remote-pacific-island-clues-el-ninos-future-preserved-ancient-reefs] By PAUL VOOSEN, Science. Excerpt: …The El Niño event, now at its peak, is driving weather extremes not just in Vanuatu, but all over the planet. Drought has struck Australia, as well as the Amazon, where intolerably […]