Can Coral Reefs Survive Climate Change?

Quick ... name an organism that's an animal, a vegetable, and a mineral. PBS Digital Studios models for viewers the symbiotic relationship between coral reefs zooxanthellae. The video then goes on to explain how climate change has devastating effects on coral reefs.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video during a lesson on climate change or on the human impact on Earth systems
Classroom Considerations
  • It is helpful if learners know how carbon dioxide reacts with water to form carbonic acid
  • Learners should already know about symbiotic relationships, but it is not a prerequisite as the video briefly describes these relationships
  • Video introduces interesting and alarming statistics
  • Well-paced and informative video keeps viewers engaged
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