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Executive Summary: Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change on Fish and Wildlife in North Carolina »
climate change, North Carolina, executive summary
This report provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of climate change science, with specific emphasis on impacts in North Carolina and the Southeast, the potential vulnerability of wildlife and their habitats, and the options for response through conservation planning and adaptive management. This report was produced in close cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and was developed as a model to inform the revision of State Wildlife Action Plans nationwide.
Letter requesting Senate to vote for natural resources climate change adaptation funding
Malaria is a debilitating illness caused by protozoan parasites - single-celled organisms that are much larger and more complex than bacteria or viruses. Because it is a protozoan, malaria cannot be treated with antibiotics, nor has a vaccine been developed. In humans, malaria poses an enormous public health challenge, with 900 million cases per year and 2.7 million deaths (USAID, undated).
Many factors drive amphibian decline, with habitat loss and pollution long established as important threats to many species. Over the past decade, however, diseases—particularly the fungus chytridiomycosis—have emerged as another important driver. Even worse, Chytridiomycosis may be interacting with climate change and other stresses to drive species toward extinction.
With a mix of temperate and tropical, arid and wetlands, forests, grasslands, and islands, Florida is one of the most biologically rich states in the U.S., with 755 vertebrate species and over 30,000 invertebrate species. Florida boasts an incredible array of plants, wildlife, and unique habitats.
The Hawaiian Islands, formed over millions of years by volcanic activity in the Pacific Ocean, are comprised of eight major islands and 800 miles of small islands, atolls, and coral reefs that form the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The most isolated island chain on Earth, the archipelago is one of the world’s hotspots of endangered biodiversity.
Marine food webs are changing, and for the birds, marine mammals and fish that depend on them, not for the better. Climate changes are altering patterns of nutrient upwellings, timing of fish spawning, and generally upsetting the food web, forcing more of the seabirds and marine mammals to travel longer distances to find food or to rely on suboptimal prey that offer less caloric reward for the effort expended in capturing them.
Not all deserts are the same—in fact, the state of Arizona has four distinct deserts, differentiated by their geography, elevation, rainfall patterns, and plant and animal species. The Sonoran Desert encompasses 120,000 square miles of southwestern Arizona, southeastern California, and in Mexico, northwestern Sonora and most of the Baja Peninsula. With nearly 3500 species of plants, 500 species of birds, and 1,000 species of bees, the Sonoran is the most biodiverse desert on earth.
The loss of coral reefs is a complicated phenomenon and involves a host of factors. Pollution from onshore, including sewage effluent, agricultural runoff, and sediments promote the growth of algae that suffocates corals, and pollutants like PCBs, pesticide residues, heavy metals and other chemicals are also damaging to corals.