As average air temperatures rise, so do the average water temperatures of our oceans, lakes and rivers, affecting ecosystems and species that depend on them.
As the climate changes, fall is not as cool as it used to be, and cooler weather is being delayed until later in the season. This change affects the growing season, the allergy season, the insect population, and fall foliage.
Because spring is arriving earlier, snow packs are also melting earlier. This means that many streams and rivers are reaching their peak flows earlier in the season, which, coupled with increasing numbers of high flow days, can present greater flood risks.
Rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and shifts in vegetation communities are changing the effective range and distribution of many native and agricultural species. These habitat shifts impact species and ecosystems.
The National Park Service (NPS) turned 103 years old this week. Climate Central reports on how climate change is impacting some of the most iconic and prized features of our favorite parks.
Global temperatures interact with nearly all aspects of our climate, from the amount and timing of precipitation to storm and wind intensity. These effects — known as climate change impacts — are happening faster than in previous periods of climate change. These shifts can present management challenges to the conservation community.
Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2◦ C global warming could be dangerous. New research that warns of perilous climate shifts in decades.
Climate is an important environmental influence on ecosystems. Warming is likely to force some species to migrate to higher latitudes or higher elevations where temperatures are more conducive to their survival. Similarly, as sea level rises, saltwater intrusion into a freshwater system may force some key species to relocate or die, thus removing predators or prey that were critical in the existing food chain. Negative impacts to species and habitats have already been observed.
This IPCC Special Report details climate change, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems.
Another half-degree Celsius will dramatically increase risks to people and ecosystems they depend on, a new report shows. Stopping it means cutting emissions fast.