A Hot Topic: Global Warming -

The Kyoto Protocol

A WebQuest


Mrs. Debbie Scheinberg

Cherokee High School South, Marlton, NJ

 Introduction Task  Process  Resources Learning Advice Evaluation Conclusion



2002 went on record as the warmest year-this for the third straight year. We have had severe droughts in the North Eastern United States, record flooding in Europe, sea levels are rising, and we have seen the melting of glaciers and the Antarctic ice sheets. There is scientific evidence of wildlife migration directed by shifting climate regions. Many scientists agree that there will be persistent changes in the world climate due to an increase in carbon dioxide concentrations and other 'greenhouse gases' in the atmosphere. Are the climatic models correct? The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro expressed concern about the effects of climatic changes. At the Kyoto Climate Summit in 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was to become the first legally binding international treaty to commit the principal countries to the first legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Although Al Gore, then Vice President, signed the treaty, George W. Bush rejected the treaty and it was rejected by the United States Senate.  President Bush contends that some of the articles of the treaty are unfair and would cause an undue strain on the U.S. Economy. He has developed a strategy for lowering emissions and getting a cleaner environment.  Other nations of the world point a finger at the United States, which has a dubious position of being the largest consumer of resources and CO2 producer in the world.  

With the convening of a new crop of U.S. legislators for 2003, there has been a call to review our participation in the Kyoto Protocol. In light of this controversy, the Congress of the United States is conducting hearings on the issue of Global Warming.  You have been invited to speak at the convening of the "Congressional Hearings on the Global Warming Issue, and the Kyoto Protocol" to be held in Washington.  You will represent one of the following interests on this issue and make recommendations to the committee along with your team members who represent the other interests on the list. Remember, look at the issue from the point of view of one of the following experts.  Use a PowerPoint presentation to convince Congress that they should or should not support the international treaty to reduce greenhouse gases called the Kyoto Protocol. 












If we, as a nation, want to take the lead in the world to help protect the planet, we must first understand the issues and the stakes involved in our decisions and policies. We must open a dialogue with all sectors of society that would be affected by new laws and treaties. You have taken a big step to grasp the issues and concerns with global warming.  






EPA Global Warming Site

Global Warming Information Page

NOAA Global Warming

CNN Evidence of Global Warming

CNN Antarctic Ice Sheets

CNN Impacts of Global Warming

CNN Ice Bore Holes

CNN Global Warming Warnings

The Harmful Effects of Global Warming

The Warming of the Earth

Companies Take The Lead on Global Warming

ENN Special Report On Climate change

Global Warming Information Fact sheet

Issues and Controversies: Global Warming

Center for Technologies

CO2 Science Magazine

Health Issues Monthly: Global Warming

Global Warming and the Arctic

Blair Issues Global Warming Warning

Union of Concerned Scientists

Goddard Space Studies: Global Warming

Water World?  Warnings from the ice


Climate Change Information Kit

Business Responds to Climate Change 

World Wildlife Federation: Go For Kyoto Campaign

Global Warming Worsening

The Kyoto Protocol

Is Global Warming Harmful to health?

Science and Technology Sources on the Internet

Kyoto Protocol-US Drops Out

Kyoto and Canada

Effects of Global Warming

Discovery Channel: Effects of Global Warming on Living Things

Scientists Warn of Climate Devastation

Conflicts over global warming theory

Nuclear Industry Web Page

Alternative Energy Site

Friends of the Earth Page

Global Warming and Agriculture

Agriculture VS Global Warming

Impact of global warming on U.S. agriculture larger and more negative than expected

Global Warming and Extreme Weather on Agriculture


Credits:  Based on the WebQuest: Global Warming: A Problem Solving WebQuest Earth Science by Mrs. Ann Hayes and Mr. LaSalvia, 2000. New Lebanon Central School District.  West Lebanon, NY 12195-0039.


This page last updated January 8, 2003