Combating Climate Change
Coral reef, © Jim Maragos/USFWS
Polar bear, © Tom Schneider

Advancing Science for Wildlife

Good science lies at the heart of understanding how climate change will impact species and ecosystems, and how best to respond. Defenders’ experts work closely with climate change scientists around the country to ensure we have the best and most up-to-date data available to battle climate change most effectively.

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

The amount of uncertainty about how plants and animals will respond to a warming world is one of the biggest challenges in conservation. The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center was championed by Defenders and formed by Congress in 2008 to meet this challenge by providing natural resource managers with the information they need to respond to climate change.  We continue to have an active role in shaping the agenda of the Science Center by participating in the advisory committee that helps it identify priorities, expand partnership opportunities, and maintain high quality data.

National Climate Assessment

In May 2014, the U.S. released the National Climate Assessment, the most comprehensive effort to date at cataloging the impacts climate change is having – and will have – on our country. Defenders’ climate scientist contributed to the study of the impacts to ecosystems that was done for the assessment. Funding for Climate Science
Understanding of climate change impacts, modeling future projections, and crafting responses all require sophisticated science and observations. Much of this critically important work is conducted by federal agencies, and Defenders has been a leading advocate for funding of these priorities in a challenging budget environment.

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