Thursday, April 26, 2007

Corals and Climate/ IPCC Report

Have a listen to this important Audio:

"Climate and Corals" by Dr. Simon Donner, Ph.D.

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In 2005, coral reefs across the Caribbean were damaged by a massive bleaching event. This occurs when water becomes too warm for coral, and they expel their colourful algae. A Canadian climate scientist at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Dr. Simon Donner, is trying to understand how greenhouse gases might be implicated in such events. He's found that weather leading to coral-destroying bleaching is ten times more likely with current greenhouse gas levels, and such events will become far more frequent in future climate scenarios.

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"IPCC Report" by Linda Mortsch

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This week, the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II, was issued. Unlike Working Group I, which focused on the mechanisms of climate change, this report looks at how climate change is affecting our planet right now. Ice is disappearing earlier in the spring, trees are budding earlier, and extreme weather events are causing more outbreaks of disease, than 20 years ago. This report summarizes the latest in effects of climate change, as well as offering suggestions for ways to adapt to the changes. Linda Mortsch is a Senior Researcher with the Adaptation and Impacts Research Division of Environment Canada, and was the lead author for the North American chapter of the report.

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