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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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A Method to Assess Climate-Relevant Decisions: Applications in the Chesapeake Bay (External Review Draft)

June 2010

The goals of EPA’s Global Change Research Program (GCRP) are to assess the potential effects of climate change on water quality, air quality, ecosystem health, and human health, and to provide decision makers with information and tools that enable them to incorporate considerations of climate change into their decision making processes.

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan H. Julius, Britta G. Bierwagen, Chris Pyke, J. Randall Freed, Susan Asam

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Climate Change and Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Reports

April 2010

In April 2010, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences published a series of three reports that address the impact of climate change on ecosystems and species. Funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Doris Duke Foundation, the objective was to make "climate-smart" the State's existing State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The SWAP provides a roadmap for the conservation of wildlife and habitat in the state, including 22 critical habitat types and 257 priority animals in need of conservation action.

Related Organizations: Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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Invasive Species, Climate Change and Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Addressing Multiple Drivers of Global Change

September 2010

This report focuses on the primary linkages between invasive species and climate change, as well as the secondary

Related Organizations: Global Invasive Species Programme

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stanley W. Burgiel, Adrianna A. Muir

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Climate Change Planning for the Great Plains: Wildlife vulnerability assessment and recommendations for land and grazing management

September 2010

The result of a project by the Wildlife Conservation Society for the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GP LCC), this report highlights results from a vulnerability assessment of grassland dependent wildlife in the GP LCC geography, with a focus on the species of concern listed in the wildlife action plans of the states within the GP LCC. The assessment team utilized the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) tool in conducting the assessment (see separate entry for this tool).

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steve Zack, Kevin Ellison, Molly Cross, Erika Rowland

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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)

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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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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

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Moving Towards Climate Change Adaptation: the Promise of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative for Addressing the Region's Vulnerability to Climate Disruption

2010

The purpose of this report is to provide an up-to-date review of the extent to which climate change is occurring in the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) region of the US and Canadian Rocky Mountains, and to assess the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative's vision and programs as an effective response to climate disruption.

Related Organizations: Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lisa Graumlich, Wendy L. Francis

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Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation

June 2009

Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation provides an evaluation of adaptation issues for natural ecosystems with a focus on the climate impacts of vegetation response, phenology, wildfire and other system-wide disturbances. It also describes adaptation scenarios of several species affected by climate change, including the snowshoe hare, wolverine, waterfowl, bighorn sheep, and amphibians. The report is limited to natural ecosystems, or those that have not been planted, irrigated, or fertilized - agricultural and grazing lands are excluded.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven W. Running, L. Scott Mills

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