Mapping the IPCC Report onto the Curriculum: Atmosphere-Carbon


Atmosphere - Carbon

Carbon is moved from long-term storage in geologic (fossil fuel) reservoirs to the atmosphere.

IPCC Summary for Policymakers (SPM) content

  • A.1.1 Observed increases in well-mixed greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations since around 1750 are unequivocally caused by human activities.

  • A.2.1 In 2019, atmospheric CO2 concentrations were higher than at any time in at least 2 million years

  • Figure SPM.2 Assessed contributions to observed warming in 2010–2019 relative to 1850–1900  


Science Standards: NGSS SEP, DCI, CC

SEP: Asking questions & defining problems

SEP: Engaging in argument from evidence

PS1.A Structure & properties of matter

ESS2.A Earth materials & systems

ESS3.B Human impacts on Earth systems

ESS3.D Global climate change

CC: Patterns

CC: Scale, proportion & quantity


PRI Climate Resources

Greenhouse Video #3 Changes in Global CO2

Greenhouse Video #8 Face the Trace Gas

Video: Big Insight from Little Things: An Introduction to Isotope Analysis in Climate Science

Exhibit: Changing Climate: Our Future, Our Choice