State Science Standards - New York

Our Climate Our Future addresses the following science standards prescribed by the state of New York.

Source: The Living Environment: Core Curriculum

Standard 4, Performance Indicator 6.3c: A stable ecosystem can be altered, either rapidly or slowly, through the activities of organisms (including humans), or through climatic changes or natural disasters. The altered ecosystem can usually recover through gradual changes back to a point of long-term stability.

Standard 4, Performance Indicator 7.1c: Human beings are part of the Earth’s ecosystems.  Human activities can, deliberately or inadvertently, alter the equilibrium in ecosystems.  Humans modify ecosystems as a result of population growth, consumption, and technology.  Human destruction of habitats through direct harvesting, pollution, atmospheric changes, and other factors is threatening current global stability, and if not addressed, ecosystems may be irreversibly affected.

Standard 4, Performance Indicator 7.2c: Industrialization brings an increased demand for and use of energy and other resources including fossil and nuclear fuels. This usage can have positive and negative effects on humans and ecosystems.

Standard 4, Performance Indicator 7.3a: Societies must decide on proposals which involve the introduction of new technologies. Individuals need to make decisions which will assess risks, costs, benefits, and trade-offs.

Standard 4, Performance Indicator 7.3b: The decisions of one generation both provide and limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation.

Standard 4, Performance Indicator 2.2d: Temperature and precipitation patterns are altered by:  

  • Natural events such as El Nino and volcanic eruptions  
  • Human influences including deforestation, urbanization, and the production of greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide and methane