Presentation on theme: "MODULE #3: C limate Change & Global Warming … Signs & Symptoms."— Presentation transcript:
MODULE #3: C limate Change & Global Warming … Signs & Symptoms
All around the globe, scientists are seeing signs and symptoms of climate change… From melting ice in the Arctic…
All around the globe, scientists are seeing signs and symptoms of climate change… To rising sea levels …
To changes right in our own backyards… All around the globe, scientists are seeing signs and symptoms of climate change… Photo credit - Hazecam
Lets take a closer look at some of these signs…
G reenlands melting glaciers Source: Arctic Impacts of Arctic Warming, Cambridge Press, 2004). Red areas show the melt zone where summer warmth turns snow and ice around the edges of the ice sheet into slush and ponds of meltwater
R ising Seas around the globe…
W hat is happening here in the Northeast?
W hat is happening here in Vermont?
Shift in range, distribution and abundance of various wildlife species, due to loss of suitable habitat. Cold-water fish are especially susceptible, as well as certain migratory birds and songbirds. W hat is happening now? … or may happen soon?
Reduced maple sap harvests resulting from changes in climate and tree health Muted autumn colors W hat is happening now? … or may happen soon? Altered geographic distribution & health of trees (maple, beech & birch are likely to be replaced by pine, oak, & hickory that thrive in a slightly warmer climate)
Northward shift of rodent, tick, and insect- borne diseases that require warmer temperatures to survive. W hat is happening now? … or may happen soon? Warmer summertime temperatures are likely to reduce air quality by helping to create ground-level ozone. This will result in increased cases of asthma & other respiratory illnesses.
… Please take a look at MODULE #4 to learn what you can do to reduce GHG emissions and slow climate change