Read the following article from the BBC about the heat wave which hit the UK in June and July 2018.
The Met Office define a heat wave as: "an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year." Use the information from the BBC article to create a list of effects.
Here are some resources to help support your students in the study of heatwaves and extreme weather conditions:
1. An independent web enquiry into the 2017 UK heatwave: UK heat wave
2. A KS3 resource to help students consider the effects of weather on people: How does the weather affect people?
3. The effects of heat waves elsewhere in the world: Wildfire! The 2013 Australian heat wave which could be used as a comparison to the fires in the UK in 2018, and Heat wave! - new records set in the USA
Read the following two articles on the current volcanic eruption in Guatemala which look at the rescue operations taking place.
2. The Guardian: Guatemala volcano: fresh eruptions force rescuers to evacuate
Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday 3rd June 2018 and is one of Central America's most active volcanoes. Fuego regularly erupts, but usually these are smaller events which pose little risk. However, Sunday's eruption caused more fatalities than any other previously recorded at Fuego. Why was this the case? Use information from the articles and the linked documents included within them to identify the causes, impacts and responses.
Here are some resources to help further your students knowledge and understanding of volcanic eruptions: their causes, effects and how people respond to and monitor them.
Read the following article from The Independent newspaper about how many fracking wells would be needed to reduce gas imports to the UK . Then use our resources on fracking in the UK to understand the conflicts surrounding the use of this contentious energy resource.
Could the UK to reduce its energy dependency on countries like Russia and France by generating home grown energy? To reduce gas imports alone by 50 per cent, 6100 fracking wells would need to be built. What would the benefits and problems of this suggestion be? Is it a sustainable option for the future of the UK's energy supplies?
Here are some resources to help develop your students knowledge and understanding of fracking and and the issues surrounding its use.
Read the following article from The Guardian newspaper about an offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. Then use our resources on wind farms in the UK to understand how we are further developing this energy resource and the issues related to this.
Should wind become a much more utilised source of energy globally? As a giant offshore wind farm opens in the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands this seems a sensible question to ask! The Dutch hope that this windpark will eventually meet the energy needs of 1.5 million people.
Here are three resources to help develop your students knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding renewable energy and wind farms.