The greenhouse gases occur in small amounts in the Earth's atmosphere, yet they have an important role to play in keeping the Earth’s surface warm and able to sustain life. Since the industrial revolution (about 150 years ago), human activities have led to an increase in the emission of greenhouse gases. An increase in these gases in the atmosphere means the atmosphere allows less heat to escape to space, leading to an increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s surface.

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Applications and implications of science 4a. about the use of contemporary scientific and technological developments and their benefits, drawbacks and risks
4b. to consider how and why decisions about science and technology are made, including those that raise ethical issues, and about the social, economic and environmental effects of such decisions
Chemical and material behaviour 6a. chemical change takes place by the rearrangement of atoms in substances
Energy, electricity and radiations 7b. electrical power is readily transferred and controlled, and can be used in a range of different situations

Scottish Curriculum

Science - Curriculum for Excellence level 4 SCN 4-04a. Planet Earth - Energy Sources and sustainability: By contributing to an investigation on different ways of meeting society's energy needs, I can express an informed view on the risks and benefits of different energy sources, including those produced from plants.
SCN 4-10b. Forces, electricity and waves - Electricity: Using a variety of sources, I have explored the latest developments in chemical cells technology and can evaluate their impact on society
SCN 4-20a. Topical Science: I have researched new developments in science and can explain how their current or future applications might impact on modern life.
Chemistry National 4 & 5 Potentially relevant to modules: Nature's Chemistry (N4: fuel, applications of chemistry to everyday life)( N5: application of chemical knowledge to fuelling a modern society), Chemistry in Society (N4: new materials, energy sources) (N5: novel and new materials, including forms of energy generation)
Environmental Science National 4 & 5 Potentially relevant to modules: Sustainability (natural resources and the impact of human activities on them,  sustainability, energy, and waste management. environmental, economic and social impacts, and identifying possible solutions, climate change and pollution). Earth's Resources (resources used in energy production, renewable and non-renewable resources and fuels)

Physics National 4 & 5

Potentially relevant to modules: Energy (sources and uses of heat energy and electrical energy in our society)
Science National 4 Potentially relevant to modules: Fragile Earth (energy resources, benefits and issues and possible solutions, how science is involved in the cause, effect and resolution of environmental issues)



Capturing solar power

Solar power has the potential to provide a lot of clean energy. Watch the short video below by Professor Chris Pickett who explains why capturing solar power could be so useful and find out more at the Summer Science Exhibition website.

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