Climate Change and Its Biological Consequences

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Sinauer Associates, Jan 1, 1993 - Science - 280 pages
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Describes the forces that shape the earth's climate and how climate change, particularly greenhouse warming, may impact ecosystems and agriculture. Past climates and past ecosystem changes are reviewed in order to best understand the future. Scientists are predicting a 3 C increase in the Earth's climate within 75 to 100 years. This rate of temperature change and the warmer conditions will stress many organisms and probably realign some ecosystems. Special events, such as El Nino and the stratospheric ozone hole, are significant features of global change considered.

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Contents

CHAPTER
36
CHAPTER THREE
62
Past Vegetational Changes
82
CHAPTER FIVE
109
CHAPTER
162
Agriculture Droughts and El Nino
202
CHAPTER EIGHT
246
Glossary
253
Index
270
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