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Karoo Biome

National Geographic

This is a National Geographic short video that briefly describes how succulent plants in the South African Karoo biome are dying off due to changes in climate.

Video length: 3:16 min.

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Changes in climate conditions can affect the health and function of ecosystems and the survival of entire species. The distribution patterns of fossils show evidence of gradual as well as abrupt extinctions related to climate change in the past.
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Growing evidence shows that changes in many physical and biological systems are linked to human-caused global warming. Some changes resulting from human activities have decreased the capacity of the environment to support various species and have substantially reduced ecosystem biodiversity and ecological resilience.
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Teaching Tips

  • Very short video that can be used to start off a unit on biomes and climate change.
  • Teacher should start video after ad. Also of note: the video starts automatically when web page opened.

About the Science

  • Describes how succulent plants in the South African Karoo biome are being impacted by recent changes to the climate that make it difficult for these plants to survive.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This is a nice synopsis of the Karoo Biome and how climate change is impacting the succulents in this environment. It also has a helpful explanation of the impacts of the environment on the society that depends on it, in terms of impacts on disease, agriculture, and water availability. Though Midgley's model is mentioned early in the video, there is no link to the data or references to find more information.

About the Pedagogy

  • Good quality of explanation and relevant illustrations. Key point: prior infrastructure planning was based on "normal" climate

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Very easy to use

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