ERIC Number: EJ912346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
Rising Sea Levels: Truth or Scare?
Primary Science Review, n98 p4-6 May-Jun 2007
When "ITV News" ran an item that shocked the author, about rising sea levels that will have caused the entire evacuation of the islands by the end of this year, he began to wonder whether the Pacific Ocean is really rising as fast as this. The media reporting of such things can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it brought to the author's attention an example of the impact of climate change that he had not previously known about. On the other, was it scaremongering? How can it be approached scientifically? In this article, the author shows how science enquiry skills can be applied to topical items in the media, to try to investigate their reliability.
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Environmental Influences, Teaching Methods, Science and Society, Climate, Inquiry, Science Instruction, News Media, Oceanography, Geology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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