Video: To Bee or Not To Bee

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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 the tool

Tool NameSting of Climate Change
DisciplineBiological Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplinePollination, Fertilization, Flowering, Insect Pollination, Pollinators, Plant-Pollinator Systems
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere
Type of tool Video (5 mins)
Grade LevelHigh School, Middle School
Developed byWayne Esaias
Hosted atNASA Scientific Visualization Studio
Computer SkillsBasic