Scientists around the world agree that climate change will affect the way we and wildlife interact with the natural world. Below are two reports that pull together information from numerous scientific studies.
Assess the U.S. Climate
The National Climate Assessment released its third report on May 6, 2014, featuring the input of more than a dozen federal agencies and hundred of leading scientists and experts.
Wildlife Legacy: Climate Change and the Next Generation of Wildlife
This report from the National Wildlife Federation gives 15 examples of climate change harming young wildlife, from moose calves to tiger cubs.
Overall, the frequency of precipitation will increase, with more rain in the winter and spring, resulting in higher stream flows and increased flooding. Heavier rainfall and periodic flooding during planting and harvesting periods may lead to crop losses. Intensive rainfall will lead to more soil erosion and agriculture runoff that will affect Indiana’s natural freshwater resources. Erratic extreme weather events will become more common; the intensity of summer storms with high winds will be amplified; and more frequent summer droughts are expected.
Learn how climate change affects, and will continue to affect, wildlife such as…
This is an important time for those concerned with challenges facing wildlife from a rapidly changing climate; we need to emphasize wildlife conservation as legislators make progress and let our elected officials know the environmental legislation that is important to us. Stay up to date with important legislation by visiting our Bill Watch.