Big Picture Science – The Evolution of Evolution: Jessica Hellmann / Climate Adaptation

by Gary Niederhoff on May 3, 2015

Butterflies have demonstrated successful changes in behavior in response to rising temperatures
Jessica Hellmann / Climate Adaptation
click to listen (trt 12:18)

Part 4 of The Evolution of Evolution, featuring Jessica Hellmann, biologist at the University of Notre Dame, discussing the effect climate change is having on various species.

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avatar Richard June 11, 2015 at 10:21 am

Meaningless waffle from someone who is getting funded trying to save frogs and butterflies (in her imagination) in niche environments. “Adaptation” is how Darwinian evolution works someone should inform her.

avatar Gary Niederhoff September 12, 2016 at 8:44 am

Meaningful Waffle

avatar Richard September 14, 2016 at 3:41 am

That took a long time coming, but I think you have eventually nailed it. The boy looks like he will survive on that waffle, whereas the frogs and butterflies look unlikely to survive on
The lesson here is that, like with Archimedes, great questions can be answered if one applies one’s mind to it.
Here’s another mystery. CET (Central England Temperature) is the world’s longest instrumental record, dating back to 1660. In the last 15 years from 2000 -2015 the annual temperature has been trending down, declining by 0.5 C in 15 years, according to the UK Met Office CET data. The world temperatures have not risen for the last 18 years, according to one satellite data (RSS). All the while when CO2 levels have steadily been rising. What could be the reason?

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