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Feeling the Sting of Climate Change
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010400/a010481/index.html

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This video on phenology of plants and bees discusses the MODIS satellite finding that springtime greening is happening one half-day earlier each year and correlates this to bee pollination field studies.

Video length 5 min.

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Climate Literacy
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Individual organisms survive within specific ranges of temperature, precipitation, humidity, and sunlight. Organisms exposed to climate conditions outside their normal range must adapt or migrate, or they will perish.
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Natural processes driving Earth’s long-term climate variability do not explain the rapid climate change observed in recent decades. The only explanation that is consistent with all available evidence is that human impacts are playing an increasing role in climate change. Future changes in climate may be rapid compared to historical changes.
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change. Animals, plants, bacteria, and viruses will migrate to new areas with favorable climate conditions. Infectious diseases and certain species will be able to invade areas that they did not previously inhabit.
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The world contains a wide diversity of physical conditions, which creates a wide variety of environments: freshwater, marine, forest, desert, grassland, mountain, and others. In any particular environment, the growth and survival of organisms depend on the physical conditions
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Human beings are part of the earth's ecosystems. Human activities can, deliberately or inadvertently, alter the equilibrium in ecosystems.
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Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms and entire species.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Spring green-up timing events could be examined over time for students to compare data themselves. Students could also participate in their own community to educate the public about more sustainable practices around the neighborhood.
  • This video could be embedded in any lesson on plants ecosystems phenology. The HoneyBeeNet citizens science website (http://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/) is a great way for students to see how important data can be collected by non-scientists.
  • Teachers could include with this video a discussion of what green-up starting "half-a-day earlier" globally means on a global scale vs. what might be the case on a local/regional scale.

About the Science

  • In the Spring, farms and fields go through a symphony of pollination and the animals that feed on the pollen and nectar are going through changes. The Spring green-up is a global phenomenon that can be seen from space using satellites. Video time-lapse visuals show how green our planet typically is - but the green-up is starting earlier - the likely cause is our warming climate.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video is short and can easily supplement an existing curriculum that addresses changes on Earth as evidence of climate change - specifically linked with something common like bees.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Visual images are great and well-paired with the content.

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