Video: Teacher's polar bear diaries

Teacher Tom Rugg from Wales travelled to Canada to meet scientists from Polar Bears International and to see the effects of climate change on the bears himself.

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Video: Al Gore warns on latest climate trends

Al Gore (former Vice-President of the USA) presents updated slides from around the globe to make the case that worrying climate trends are even worse than scientists predicted.

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Video: TED

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Video: Ethical Man

BBC Newsnight's Justin Rowlatt spent a year trying to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and is now turning his attention to the USA.

In this video he looks back at how he coped trying to live a more ethical lifestyle with his wife and three children.

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Video: Born again green

Ray Anderson is a carpet-tile maker on a quest to reduce his global footprint.

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Video: The New York Times

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Video: Carbon footprints in India

This programme showcases a student-made video from Springdales School in Delhi, where the pupils have been measuring carbon footprints and taking action to reduce global warming in their school. 

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Climate Change and Climate Choices

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Three problems caused by climate change:

Floodwaters surrounding houses in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Copyright: Getty)Floodwaters surrounding houses in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Copyright: Getty)

1) Drought (tørke): 
In south-eastern Australia climate experts say that the drought may go on for ever. Temperatures have been 1 degree Celcius above average for 11 years in a row.
 

2) Melting sea ice:
The sea ice is melting and therefore polar bears desperate for food attack and eat each other. In 2050 there may not be any polar bears left in Alaska. But many politicians in Alaska still want to drill for oil in the wilderness. They do not believe this will harm the polar bears. 
 

3) Rising sea levels:
Scientists think it will get 4-5 degrees warmer in this century. This will melt a lot of ice and make sea levels rise. People in areas close to the sea will have to move away. In India and Bangladesh 125 million people could become homeless.

 

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Choose the right word:
a) It is colder/warmer/more windy in Australia now than 20 years ago.
b) A long period without rain is called a drought/donut/doubt.
c) Scientists/Politicians/Polar bears are turning to cannibalism because of lack of sea ice.
d) Rising sea levels may cause a refugee/refuge/refuse disaster in India and Bangladesh.