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A Comparison of the U.S. Fish& Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Strategies
Defenders of Wildlife technical comments on the Fish and Wildlife Service Climate Change Strategic Plan and 5-Year Action Plan
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.
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.
The effects of climate change are already apparent on wildlife, habitats and the natural resources we depend on. Climate change has caused species extinctions, shifted species ranges towards the poles and up the sides of mountains, and reduced the ranges of other species.
Green Sea Turtle, Photo: NOAA
Multiple factors are involved in the proliferation of harmful algal blooms. One key cause is excess fertilization.

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