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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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Climate's role in habitats ranges and adaptation of species to climate changes
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Climate impacts ecosystems and past species extinctions
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Life affects climate; climate affects life
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Evidence shows that human-caused global warming have impacted ecosystem resulting in reduced 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
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Human health and well-being will be affected to different degrees from the impacts from climate change
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.
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7.6 Vulnerable populations.
Humans live within Earth's ecosystems.
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3.6 Humans live within Earth's ecosystems..

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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