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THE ONE DEGREE FACTOR
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border Strange Days on Planet Earth scoured the world to find its wild and bizarre stories featuring some of the planet's top researchers. From the polar wilds of the Yukon to the steamy Amazon jungles to the urban landscapes of Earth's booming metropolises and our own backyards, join investigators in the trenches and find out more about their work.
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Dig deeper into the topics from "The One Degree Factor" episode of National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth. Meet the scientific detectives working on these gripping issues and learn about how they became interested in their line of work and what their hopes and fears are for the future.

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The Frontlines of Global Climate Change
Alaska and the northwest corner of Canada are at the frontlines of global climate change. While average worldwide temperatures have increased by one degree Fahrenheit, averages up here have climbed as much as 11 degrees in some places. Biologists like Steve Arthur are researching how such changes may be affecting species like caribou that have survived in this harsh environment for more than a million years...
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Regime Shifts and the Food Web
Every two or three decades, the region of the Pacific off the lower western United States does a major flip-flop between a positive (warm) and negative (cold) phase. These flip-flops are called regime shifts and they have a great effect on the oceanic food web, causing the periodic rise and fall of vast groups of oceanic life. Add global warming into the mix and some species may not be able to rebound from the next shift...
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One Degree of Difference
The impact of rising temperature on animal and plant life is being measured across the world. While some species relocate as temperatures change, others may be subjected to severe physiological stresses. Physiologists George Somero and Jonathon Stillman are finding that a simple one-degree change in temperature could push some species to their limit...
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Asthma, Coral and African Dust
Just over the course of her own lifetime, Physician Michele Monteil has found an alarming rise of childhood asthma in her native Trinidad. Meanwhile, marine biologist Ginger Garrison has noted an increasing incidence of sea fan disease in the tropical waters around the Caribbean. Could these two disparate events be connected? Independently, these researchers have linked their target ailments to a surprising single suspect African dust...
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