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The theme of FRIENDS’ 2015 Science Fair is Climate Change. Here are a few resources to help you get started with your science fair projects!

Here are some basic terms to understand:

Greenhouse Gases – greenhouse gases are gases that can trap heat in the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, nitrous oxide, and water vapor.

Greenhouse Effect – A greenhouse is a shed for plants that is used in cold environments as a way to trap heat and keep plants warm. The greenhouse effect occurs when gases in Earth’s atmosphere trap heat from the sun, which keeps the planet warm. Just like a big greenhouse! This is something that happens naturally, however human activities have contributed to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Global Warming – This term was used to describe the increase of the earth’s average temperature over time. Science now explains that weather patterns are changing over the planet, it’s not just about temperature rise. Climate Change is a better way to describe what is happening, so that term is used most often now.

Climate Change – refers to changes in Earth’s regional and global weather patterns that are observed and predicted over time.

Climate Science: What you need to know. (Recommended for Upper Primary, High School, and above)

Climate Change is happening, yet some people don’t believe it. This can make some things confusing. Here’s a video that helps explain why this disbelief or lack of action exists. (Recommended for high school and above)

Investigate the potential role of soil in mitigating climate change:

Check this article for a great infographic on climate change by the World Bank.

About The Bahamas and Climate Change:

Climate Change Exacerbates Bahamas’ Major Challenges by Natario McKenzie, Tribune
Bahamas National Policy for the Adaptation to Climate Change (2005)
The Bahamas National Energy Policy: 2013-2033