Changing Ecosystems: Effects of Global Warming

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Infobase Publishing, 2009 - Biotic communities - 273 pages
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Global warming has increased dramatically during the last century at an unnatural rate, which makes specialists believe that humans contribute to the real cause of global warming today. Many activities humans are involved in--from burning fossil fuels for energy to massive deforestation--are contributing to the atmospheric warming at an alarming rate. Experts believe that in the future human induced damage will cause severe problems in the distribution of species and their critical habitats, increase the occurrence of severe weather and droughts, contribute to rising sea levels, and trigger a host of health and quality-of-life impacts that will affect everyone on Earth. Unfortunately, no ecosystem will escape the impact of human-induced global warming.

  

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Signs and Effects of Global Warming
Ecosystems Adaptation and Extinction
Impacts to Forests
Impacts to Rangelands Grasslands and Prairies
Impacts on Polar Ecosystems
Impacts to Mountain Ecosystems
Impacts to Marine Ecosystems
ConclusionsWhere to Go from Here
Chronology
Glossary
Further Resourdes
Index
Copyright

Impacts to Desert Ecosystems

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About the author (2009)

Julie Kerr Casper, Ph.D., has been an Earth scientist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for nearly 30 years. BLM is one of the leading agencies in the U.S. dealing with environmental and natural resource issues. Besides job experience, she also has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Earth science applications.

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