Science 3: Climate Change
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Times change, climates change, but not us. We'll never change. No matter how stinky our clothes get. We've got to set a good example for the climate, right? We like it just the way it is.
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a bunch of fish...
And sliding half-naked down colorful plastic tubes with the express purpose of crash-landing [Boy riding a water slide]
at the end.
Man…what a strange species we are…
But while the weather getting warmer each year is generally seen as a good thing, the [Girl at an ice cream stand]
climate getting warmer overall certainly isn't.
And sure, it doesn't seem that much hotter each summer, but that doesn't mean climate [Thermometer showing a high temperature]
change isn't happening.
Scientists are finding evidence of it all over the place, and rising temperatures seem [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
to be a new trend…
And unlike Pokémon Go, this is a trend we're not super excited about… [Someone playing Pokemon Go on their phone]
But what exactly is all of this evidence they're finding?
Well, for starters, polar ice is melting at a rapid rate.
It's also getting hotter in cold places, and drier in places that are usually wet. [River dries to sand]
Sounds like future waterslide adventures will be pretty painful. [Boy slides into sand]
There are also more severe storms, hurricanes and tornadoes now than we've seen in the past [Satellite view of a hurricane]
So, yup…there's been a lot of strange and unusual things that have been observed in
And these changes don't just impact the Earth itself…they impact humans and animals, too. [Dino pointing at a blackboard]
Because surprisingly enough, neither of us like the idea of a tornado ripping through [Tornado takes a house into the air]
But these changes affect us in other smaller ways too.
The melting ice causes the sea levels to rise, affecting the homes of those that live on
islands and near the shore. [The water rises and a beach house floats away]
And for some animals, the ice is where they call home. [Polar bears]
So when it melts, their home melts, too. [Polar bears stranded on an ice berg]
Another downside to the ice melting is that it allows the waters to grow warmer – because
while ice usually reflects the rays of the sun, the water absorbs it. [The ice reflecting rays]
Many animals require the water to be cold to survive, so as it heats up, things start
to look…a little bleak.
Between the giant storms, the rising water levels and the loss of homes for both humans [Fish on the water surface]
and animals, it should be fairly obvious that climate change isn't exactly a good thing [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
And if you're not totally convinced, just ask these penguins.
That is…if you can manage to squeeze onto that block of ice….man, this feels like [Iceberg full of penguins]
Titanic all over again… [Man holding onto the iceberg slips and falls under the water]