Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
There's a lot more on the line in Copenhagen than our own well-being. The well-being of a whole bunch of other species, for starters.
The Wildlife Conservation Society today joined the throng of organizations, scientists, and researchers releasing important findings in conjunction with COP15—trying to leverage the outcome with years of data and observation.
WCS's report (PDF) highlights more than a dozen species and groups facing threats from a warming climate. It's not just about polar bears, obviously. Many wild plants and animals are affected by changes in:
The WCS report particularly highlights the role of deforestation in climate change. Nearly 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation—that's more than the combined output of all the world's trucks, trains, cars, planes, and ships. So protecting our extant forests is one of the thriftiest and swiftest of remedies.
Climate change affects species in every habitat around the world. Here are a few noted by WCS researchers, each affected by a different facet of a warming world:
Everything's at stake. The future will be written in what is or isn't done over the next 12 days in Denmark.