internet searching and information analysis

What is the truth about climate change?

  1. What is climate change? How can it be defined? Whose definition is most widely accepted? What evidence is there that is is happening? Can the people who say this be trusted? Who says that it is not happening? Can the opinion of these sceptics be trusted?
  2. What is global warming? How is this different from climate change? Is it a different name for the same thing.
  3. Is the earth getting warmer? What data supports this? Is it disputed? Who by? If the Earth is getting warmer, by how much has it already risen and how much will it rise in total. Who says this and do they know what they are taking about?
  4. What effect will this have Consider ideas such as what effect will it have on certain ecosystems, such as the North and South poles, the coral reefs, the oceans in general, the deserts.
  5. Who is contributing most to climate change?' This could be measured as the effect of an individual from say The Netherlands compared with an individual from say Cameroon, it could also be measured by the effect of the whole of The Netherlands compared with the whole of Cameroon.
  6. How much are you contributing to climate change? Look at your own life and try to assess the impact you are having on the climate change happening. Are you having a greater or lesser effect than the people around you? Are you having an above average effect compared to the rest of the world. What is your global footprint ?
  7. What can everyone do to reduce the effects of climate change? You should look at specific examples and try to assess the effect of actions that could be taken.
  8. what are you doing to reduce the effects of climate change? What action are you, an individual, taking at the moment?
  9. Where will we see the effects of climate change first? Where is a good place to look to see the effects of climate change, and maybe more importantly where should we look to find evidence that any action being taken is having an effect. Where will tell us that what we are doing is working.
  10. What evidence are you using, where is the evidence from, how reliable do you think the evidence is? Try to assess your information. How can you trust your information sources? Why are they good rather than others that could be available.

How to do it

Search Engines

For you to be able to reasearch this question, you will need to be able to seach the Internet. We do this using web pages called search engines. Here is a list of search engines

Once you have found what you want and start using the references you find you will need to quote these references in your document. You can do this in Word using footnotes or endnotes.

Microsoft has prepared a web site on how to insert and use footnotes and endnotes. You can get access to it here


You have 6 lessons to complete this activity.

For Y9B your deadline to submit this is 9 October 2009


Has done some work


  1. Has put forward an opinion
  2. Has made an argument in favour of the opinion
  3. Has provided evidence for the opinion
  4. Has provided references for the evidence
  5. Has used a recognised method for quoting references


  1. Has done some work
  2. Has coherently communicated the opinion
  3. Has argued from both sides
  4. Has used own thoughts and words
  5. Essay is structured - not just followed guidelines
  6. Has used a standard method of quoting references