Biodiversity Under Global Climate Destabilization

What is this page?

I wrote a paper for the Global Field Program, and this page served as my organizational tool, and a place for the final report (available below). Pardon all the construction mess! — Andy Long


I've selected to do a review topic research paper relevant to Global Climate Change's impact on biodiversity. While there are certain high-profile examples (e.g. Polar bears), I hope to find less-well known examples to focus on, and to investigate the evidence of that impact.

One thing that is abundantly clear to me, and simultaneously surprising to me, is that there is ferocious resistance to the notion that humans are having a negative impact on our environment. It is incumbent upon us therefore to provide evidence to support any assertions that we make.

As scientists, we are unfairly chastised for not being able to say things with certainty. Those who do not understand scientific theory seize on the idea that we can't "prove" our theories to assert that we don't know what we're talking about (or that controversy exists, when, in fact, there is little). I will attempt to gather and evaluate what evidence I can, in keeping with the scientific tradition.

Outline of Report

  • Extinctions:
    • Golden Toad — Poster Child
    • Polar bear replaced by Killer Whales
  • Ecosystems at Risk
    • Polar
    • Alpine
    • In both of these cases, you will watch as animals are pushed off the face of the Earth.
  • Predictions of Rates of Extinction
  • Moving habitat (animals can't keep up)
  • Pine Beetles

The Report

Bibliography/References Impact on Arctic Mammals The golden frog may have bit it for other reasons (El Nino? Fungus?) — plus references….
Golden Toad and others threatened with (or already) extinct

Coral extinction
CO2 as extinction mechanism
Romanticism undone
Birds and climate change
Salazar says birds under threat
Frogs expiring...
Early warning -- from 1988
Co2, Mass Extinction Of Species And Climate Change Andrew Glikson Ph.D.
The Guardian
Exploratorium site
King penguin faces extinction due to climate change
Climate Change, Humans, and the Extinction of the Woolly Mammoth
Are We Underestimating Species Extinction Risk?
Projected Impacts of Climate and Land-Use Change on the Global Diversity of Birds
Towards an Integrated Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Species to Climate Change
Silent Springs: Why Are All the Frogs “Croaking”?
Gray Wolves as Climate Change Buffers in Yellowstone
Extinction, Slime, and Bottoms
What Killed the Woolly Mammoth?
Entergy CEO Warns Of Humanity’s Extinction If Climate Legislation Not Passed
Glacier National Park Biodiversity Paper #7: Each 1 degree C of global warming will shift temperature zones by about 160 km (100 miles). In the northern hemisphere this means that if the climate warms 3°C species may have to shift northward as much as 500 km (300 miles) in order to find suitable habitat under the new climatic regime. They may also have to shift more than 500 m (over 1600 ft) upward in elevation (when you go up 500 m in elevation, you experience the same 3°C cooling as you would by moving 250 km towards the poles) (Peters 1989).
Rats that love cat urine

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