Transport choices make a significant difference to global carbon emissions. Learn about the environmental impacts of different transportation options, and the health implications of our transport choices.

Firstly, a larger number of vehicles on the road could be seen to increase the level of danger to pedestrians and cyclists. Secondly, there have been some suggestions, albeit subject to debate, that vehicle pollution can contribute to illnesses such as asthma.

Finally, choosing to walk or ride a bicycle rather than travelling by car is good for our general health and fitness.

The Environmental Science and Biology ‘codes’ underneath each link refer to the Higher and National 5 Resource guides produced by Education Scotland. These can be accessed in the ‘Resources’ section of bit.ly/glowsciences (N.B. you will need a glow log in to access.)

The Geography ‘codes’ listed below will link to the SQA Unit Specifications.

Early & first level

 

Information

 

Have a go

  • Traveline Scotland - Plan your journey anywhere in Scotland using this app.
  • Junior Road Safety Officer - For teachers: Education packs from Road Safety Scotland – includes surveys and lesson ideas.
  • BBC Bitesize - Video - This video follows three families as they try to make their way into Glasgow city centre. Which is quickest and which is cheaper?
  • Sustrans - For teachers: Resources for teachers and parents.

Second, third, fourth & senior level

 

Data

  • Traffic Scotland - Live cameras - Click on these links to see live traffic camera near your area. When is there more traffic? Does weather affect the amount of traffic? What might the effect of traffic be on air quality in these areas?
  • Scottish Air Quality - What is the air quality like in my area right now? Air pollution level updated hourly across Scotland.
  • Annual mean nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations across automatic monitoring sites in 2012 - Find out about nitrogen dioxide concentrations in your area. Nitrogen dioxide forms in air from the exhaust emissions from cars, buses, trucks and power plants. Click on the diagram to view a larger version.
  • Learn about Air - Air quality for schools - Schools across Scotland are collecting their own air quality data using roadside sensors provided by SEPA. This page allows you to see the data they’ve collected as well as taking part in activities related to air quality.
    • Third & fourth level - Learning outcomes: SCN 4-18a
  • Latest measured NO2 levels - Nitrogen dioxide is mainly produced by vehicles. What are the levels like across Scotland right now? Find out from the UK DEFRA site. Here you can view the detailed data and also a summary of information that has been displayed over the previous 24 hours.
  • Senior level - Learning outcomes: H.GEO.Global Issues 2.2 & N5.GEO.Human Environments 1.2

 

Maps

 

Apps

 

Surveys

  • WWF - Footprint calendar - Do you get driven to school? Do you go on lots of holiday? Does your family recycle? Find out if your lifestyle affects the environment.
  • Learn about Air - Air quality for schools - Schools across Scotland are collecting their own air quality data using roadside sensors provided by SEPA. This page allows you to see the data they’ve collected as well as taking part in activities related to air quality.
    • Third & fourth level - Learning outcome: SCN 4-18a
  • OPAL - Air survey - OPAL provide air quality surveys to find out about the quality of the air you breathe in your area. Using indicator species such as lichens and sycamore trees, you could start to consider if there is a link between traffic and transport in your area and air quality. As part of this you should consider the accuracy of any data collected.

 

Resources


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