When the weather turns so frightfully cold that we don parkas and boots before venturing outside, how do plants and animals survive? They can’t add layers of clothing. They can’t toast their tootsies before a fire. They’ve never even heard of hot chocolate.
Scientists focus on two coldweather survival strategies that are used by living organisms, including man: avoid the cold if you can, and if you can’t, hunker down and endure it. Each plant and each animal devises its own variation on those themes. (Read the rest …)