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Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drINEQFXbPY

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Global Change Research Program

This video focuses on the science of climate change and its impacts on wildlife on land and in the sea, and their habitats in the U.S. There are short sections on walruses, coral reefs, migrating birds and their breeding grounds, freshwater fish, bees, etc. Video concludes with some discussion about solutions, including reduce/recyle/reuse, energy conservation, backyard habitats, citizen scientists.

Video length: 13:16 minutes.

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Climate Literacy
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A combination of strategies is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most immediate strategy is conservation of oil, gas, and coal, which we rely on as fuels for most of our transportation, heating, cooling, agriculture, and electricity. Short-term strategies involve switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy sources, which also requires building new infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Long-term strategies involve innovative research and a fundamental change in the way humans use energy.
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Actions taken by individuals, communities, states, and countries all influence climate. Practices and policies followed in homes, schools, businesses, and governments can affect climate. Climate-related decisions made by one generation can provide opportunities as well as limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation. Steps toward reducing the impact of climate change may influence the present generation by providing other benefits such as improved public health infrastructure and sustainable built environments.
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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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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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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
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Energy affects quality of life .
Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
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Human use of energy.
Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
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Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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Human activities, such as reducing the amount of forest cover, increasing the amount and variety of chemicals released into the atmosphere, and intensive farming, have changed the earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere. Some of these changes have decreased the capacity of the environment to support some life forms.
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Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms and entire species.
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Teaching Tips

  • Educators should use this as an overview of the many impacts that climate is and will have on terrestrial and marine life and their habitats. It can be used in conjunction with other components of the Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit.
  • Student could be sent to explore ecoregions using http://www.globalchange.gov/resources/educators/toolkit/explore and compare and contrast climate change evidence in these regions.

About the Science

  • Video was produced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and its federal agency partners in the US Global Change Research Program.
  • Comments from expert scientist: I think this a modest introduction to Climate Change- specifically giving examples of organisms that are being impacted. This is very watered down and oversimplifies the issue.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video is a breezy overview of many topics related to climate change and its impacts on terrestrial and marine life. It does not review any of this material in any substantive way.
  • The narration and interviews are done in a way that should appeal to young audiences.
  • This video is part of a toolkit that includes a Climate Change Wildlife and Wild Lands Teachers' guide, Frequently Asked Questions, and a downloadable glossary of scientific terms.
  • It can be used in classrooms as an introduction to the topics or in visitor centers and interpreter talks in informal educational settings.

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