Changing Planet: Adaptation of Species
As the Earth system warms due to rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the environments that some species live in are rapidly changing. If the environmental conditions change too quickly, the species may not be able to adapt to the change, and may become threatened or even extinct. Scientists are working to try to understand how species adapt, to help prevent loss of species diversity. Butterflies specifically are beautiful, tiny and very sensitive to climate change impacts on the environment.
Click on the video at the left to watch the NBC Learn video - Changing Planet: Adaptation of Butterflies.
Lesson plan: Changing Planet: Adaptation of Species (Birds and Butterflies)
You might also be interested in:
Energy from the Sun can enter the atmosphere, but not all of it can easily find its way out again. This is a natural process called the greenhouse effect. Without any greenhouse effect, Earth’s temperature...more
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights how natural environments and human communities are coping with changing climate, how vulnerable they are, and whether they...more
The title of this page is a little deceiving. We will also talk about arachnids, centipedes and other "tiny creatures" of the rain forest. So, let's get started! The most feared and well known spider in...more
This Windows to the Universe Exploratour examines the scientific evidence of biological evolution. Take the tour to travel through 10 web pages about the scientific theory that explains how and why living...more
The world's surface air temperature increased an average of 0.6° Celsius (1.1°F) during the last century according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This may not sound like very...more
Many educators are now finding opportunities to teach about Earth's climate and climate change in their classrooms. Windows to the Universe provides an interlinked learning ecosystem to a wealth of resources...more
Looking for online content that can be used for a climate change education course or module? Pages linked below can be used to support an introductory climate change education for either a unit or a full...more