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To Bee or Not To Bee


A video that describes how climate change affects plants and insect pollination. This video by NASA scientist, Wayne Esaias, describes current research on impacts of climate change on pollination cycles of bees using satellite imagery.

Students will learn that global warming has potentially caused changes in flowering period that may not coincide with bee visitation periods; thus, impacting pollination in flowering plants. They will further understand the interdependence of bees and flowering plants and how climate change may affect their survival.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss, with an example, the plant-pollinator system in the classroom.
  2. How is climate change impacting the pollination of flowers by honey bees?
About Tool
Tool Name Sting of Climate Change
Discipline Biological Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Entomology, Conservation, Phenology, Pollination, Fertilization, Flowering, Insect Pollination, Pollinators, Plant-Pollinator Systems
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere, Climate Change and Food Security
Type of tool Video (5 mins)
Grade Level High School, Middle School
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Wayne Esaias
Hosted at NASA Scientific Visualization Studio
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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