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Climate Research Provides Insights into Wildlife Conservation

Environment Guru

August 22, 2018

Environment Guru - Climate change is having a big impact on many species, including the tiny American pika. Wildlife like the pika need new, accurate climate science, like the National Climate Assessment. This science enables wildlife managers to assess the impacts of climate change and determine how to best protect wildlife, and helps local officials prepare for unavoidable threats to vulnerable human populations. The assessment should also be heeded by federal policymakers and serve as the basis for new, aggressive action in Congress to prevent greater warming of the planet.

As part of the report's release, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosts weekly webinars by the National Climate Assessment's contributing authors and researchers. Texas Tech University atmospheric scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe began the series with a discussion of recent developments in climate science and her perspective on the report's major findings. Dr. Hayhoe has served as a lead author of the second, third, and now fourth National Climate Assessment. In addition to this work, Dr. Hayhoe shares her research on how climate change affects humans through the accessible and entertaining web series, Global Weirding.

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