‘Top Climate Change Articles of the Week’ by the Crowther Lab, edition 9. Today we talk about fertility, parenthood and…kelp?!
We have looked into the affects of climate change on our health before. Now we are looking into the affects it can have on fertility. They are thought to be linked in two ways. The first is that the heat can affect sexual behaviour. The second is that the heat could affect sperm motility. There needs to be a lot more research into this topic, but climate change posing a threat to humanity is pretty darn scary.
A swift turnaround from infertility to a parents’ guide to climate change. Mary DeMocker was concerned about the world her children will live in post-climate change. So she decided to write a book for other parents who felt similarly to her. Parents have a responsibility to educate their children but may not have all of the knowledge on climate change to do so. DeMocker wanted to change that with this book.
Researchers have found foreign kelp washed up on an Antarctic beach. The kelp travelled over 20,000km and passed through currents that would have previously been thought to be impenetrable. This means that whereas animal species in the Antarctic used to be cut off from the rest of the world, it turns out they may not be as isolated as they once were. Read on to find out what this could implicate.
Did you know that some animal species may get small due to climate change? In the 19th Century, Karl Bergmann said that animals in colder climates are generally larger in size. Scientists in the University of British Columbia are looking into this in greater detail to find out if climate change could decrease the size of some of our animals.
We are hoping to get involved with climate change education at some point. We know that teaching children early on is an important factor, equipping young people with facts about the world. While we do not have a section on our website for children at the moment, NASA have really paved the way with their Climate Kids website. It is clear and informative for parents, teachers and children. If you haven’t already, have a read through and see what you think.