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Changing Climate: Changing Habitats
http://changingthebalance.thinkport.org/changing_climate_changing_habitatstc.html

Thinkport, Maryland Public Television

This video looks at the impact of changing climate on animal habitats around the world, showing how different creatures are responding to changing temperatures and precipitation patterns.

Video length: 5:25 minutes.

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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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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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e on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate
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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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Human health and mortality rates will be affected to different degrees in specific regions of the world as a result of climate change. Although cold-related deaths are predicted to decrease, other risks are predicted to rise. The incidence and geographical range of climate-sensitive infectious diseases—such as malaria, dengue fever, and tick-borne diseases—will increase. Drought-reduced crop yields, degraded air and water quality, and increased hazards in coastal and low-lying areas will contribute to unhealthy conditions, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.
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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 .

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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The earth's climates have changed in the past, are currently changing, and are expected to change in the future, primarily due to changes in the amount of light reaching places on the earth and the composition of the atmosphere. The burning of fossil fuels in the last century has increased the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which has contributed to Earth's warming.
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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

  • This video will likely work best by using it in conjunction with the other elements on this website that discuss the role of mosquitoes in the spread of disease.
  • Additional suggestions for using this resource are available at the website.
  • Open the video in advance since it may be slow to load.

About the Science

  • The narration is pitched at an introductory level without a lot of details.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • After viewing this video, students should be able to explain how changes in temperature and precipitation can impact habitat distribution in the cases of the Edith’s checkerspot butterflies, malaria-carrying and West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes, and polar bears.
  • The video is packaged with background materials, transcript, standards, teaching suggestions, etc.
  • Includes background information, links, learning objectives, and an article for teachers.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The video can be viewed online but requires the Flash plugin. The entire transcript is included as captions and as a downloadable script (in PDF and Word).
  • To see the site as it was designed, viewer should set monitor resolution to at least 1024 x 768 pixels and maximize browser window.
  • The video is sometimes slow to load.

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