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EPA Fact Sheet: Climate Change and Ecosystems

April 2010

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this document briefly summarizes the impacts of climate change on ecosystems.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Managing the Risk of Climate Change to Wildlands of the Sierra Nevada

April 2010

From the Wilderness Society, this research paper is intended to identify issues that must be analyzed as part of the forest plan revision process in the Sierra Nevada, and offers methodologies to assist the Forest Service in assessing the risks of climate change to ecosystems and developing plans for climate change adaptation.

Related Organizations: The Wilderness Society

Authors or Affiliated Users: Gregory H. Aplet, Michael H. Anderson, Bo Wilmer

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Weathering Climate Change: Framing Strategies to Minimize Impacts on Pennsylvania Ecosystems and Wildlife

March 24, 2010

As an initial effort to inform Pennsylvania’s climate adaptation planning process, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and The Nature Conservancy interviewed stakeholders from state and federal natural resource management agencies, research institutions, and environmental non-profit organizations. The findings from the interviews are presented in this report subtitled: “Perspectives from Conservation Leaders and Experts on Climate Change Adaptation.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Game Commission, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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State of the Birds: 2010 Report on Climate Change

March 11, 2010

The 2010 State of the Birds report was organized by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee and released on March 11, 2010 by the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. This is the first themed State of the Birds report which explores the vulnerability of birds and their habitats to climate changes across the major biomes of the United States.

Related Organizations: Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), Cornell University, North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee (NABCI), National Audubon Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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Climate Change and Wildlife Health: Direct and Indirect Effects

March 2010

Prepared by the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, this fact sheet explains that climate change will have significant effects on wildlife, as well as human and domestic animal diseases. Effects discussed include: geographic range and distribution of wildlife diseases, plant and animal phenology, wildlife host-pathogen interactions, and disease patterns in wildlife.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Erik Hofmeister, Gail Moede Rogall, Kathy Wesenberg, Rachel Abbott, Thierry Work, Krysten Schuler, Jonathan Sleeman

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Adaptation to Climate Change in Public Lands Management

February 2010

This issue brief recommends a number of short- and long-term changes in federal land management policy to adapt to climate change.  Policy recommendations include the use of vulnerability assessments and strategic planning, development of effective monitoring systems, implementation of adaptive management and ecosystems management, coordinated research programs, and use of public lands planning and management processes to test adaptation strategies and tactics.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, William R. Travis

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Action Plan to Respond to Climate Change in Kentucky: A Strategy of Resilience (KY Wildlife Action Plan)

2010

This climate change chapter of Kentucky's Wildlife Action Plan is meant to be a stand-alone first step towards planning for and mitigating against negative impacts of climate change on the state's wildlife species and habitats.

Related Organizations: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

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Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean

2010

Evidence suggests ocean acidification will have negative effects on corals, shellfish, and other marine life, with wide-ranging consequences for ecosystems, fisheries, and tourism. This report, requested by Congress, reviews the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, the chemistry of seawater, and the physiology of marine organisms. The report reviews the current state of knowledge and identifies gaps in understanding, and provides scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program.

Related Organizations: National Research Council

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change on Fish and Wildlife in North Carolina

2010

Prepared by the Defenders of Wildlife for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and the NC Wildlife Action Plan Workshop Steering Committee, this report provides a thorough overview of climate change impacts and recommended planning approaches for fish and wildlife in North Carolina.  

Related Organizations: Defenders of Wildlife, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: A. DeWan, N. Dubois, K. Theoharides, J. Boshoven.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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USFWS National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) provides training opportunities for FWS staff to increase their  knowledge of climate science and climate change as they relate to resource management. NCTC also partners with others to bring field scientists and practitioners new learning opportunities in the form of on-line courses, workshops, and webinars. While some courses are specifically designed for Fish and Wildlife Service employees, most are relevant to any conservation professional.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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