Microclimates Could Help Pollinators Survive

In the FERN exclusive, “A chilling effect: How farms can help pollinators survive the stress of climate change,” Lela Nargi explains that refugia are viewed as “relatively buffered” from climate change and a haven for vulnerable species. A refugium might be found in a sheltered valley along a river, with plenty of cover from trees. As extreme heat and drought wither plants, obliterate pollen, dry up water sources and make it harder for bees to function or find food — not to mention, threaten the human food supply — a refugium’s cooler, damper microclimate could help all manner of species survive.

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