Global Warming & Climate Change

Map: Net Changes In Forest Area

Below: Map indicating the the net changes in forest area 2000-2005 (note that all the areas in red - decrease of more than 50% - are in the tropics and the majority of the loss are prime habitat for primates.   Taken form the FAO 2005 publication: Global Forest...

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Potential Impacts of Climate Change

The thermohaline circulation is a global ocean circulation. It is driven by differences in the density of the sea water which is controlled by temperature and salinity (Broecker, 1995). The thermohaline circulation is sometimes called the “ocean conveyor belt” and...

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Anemone Barrens In The Galapagos

December 2003 NOTICIAS DE GALAPAGOS 62 A NEW RECORD OF ANEMONE BARRENS IN THE GALAPAGOS By: Thomas. A. Okey, Scoresby. A. Shepherd, and Priscilla C. Martinez Continuous carpets of the anemone Aiptasia sp. were recorded on vast areas of shallow reef platforms along the...

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Global Climate Change Initiative

Global warming refers to the effect on the climate of anthropogenic activities, in particular the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) and large-scale deforestation activities, which cause large amounts of ‘greenhouse gases’ to be released into the atmosphere,...

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Ozone Depletion

The 1985 report of the discovery of an "ozone hole" over Antarctica focused attention on the idea that humans can have a significant impact on the global environment. This discovery, along with evidence that ozone is being lost at nearly all latitudes outside the...

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Forest Fires

The past decade has seen an unusual number of large, stand replacing fires in the western forests of the United States.  They are unusual in that tree ring data from the time period 1500-1900 shows a trend of low intensity fires occurring on a frequent basis that...

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Water Shortages

The U.S. government is ill prepared to confront increasingly severe water shortages across the country and should make a new commitment to water research and governance, water experts warn in a new report. Water research is fragmented among 20 federal agencies and is...

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