Can wildlife adapt to climate change? - Erin Eastwood
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For another amazing (and classic) example of adaptive evolution, check out this article about peppered moths in 19th-century England. Similar to tawny owls in the video, these historically light-colored moths use camouflage to blend in to their surroundings. But when soot from England’s industrial coal plants began to darken the trees of the forests, the once-rare dark-colored morph of peppered moths became more common. Then, when the country cleaned up its air in the late 1900’s, the light-colored moths made a comeback and the dark moths became rare again.
Why is biodiversity so important for our planet’s well-being? Kim Preshoff explains how biodiversity strengthens the web of life in this vibrant TED-Ed Lesson. And as legendary marine scientist Sylvia Earle puts it, “No water, no life; no blue, no green.”
Luckily for the majority of species unable to adapt evolutionarily, we humans can help them cope. But what does “climate adaptation” really mean? This video by the Society for Conservation Biology and Filmmakers for Conservation helps explain how climate change affects wildlife, why species will need to adapt, and what we can do to help.
For a more in-depth investigation into adaptation strategies being used now, take a look at the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange – a database of all adaptation case studies in North America.
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