Ecosystems & Species

Video Shows One Group's Efforts to Educate Public about a Devastating Consequence of Climate Change on Yellowstone

In a video from the U.S. Department of State's America.gov, filmmaker Brandon Bloch introduces us to one of the consequences of rising temperatures in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.  The video shows the widespread devastation of Whitebark Pines by the mountain pine beetle, and introduces the viewer to a group seeking to inform the public about the threat: Treefight.

Video: Montana's Melting Glaciers

CNN talks to Daniel Fagre, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ecologist, and his colleagues about the disappearing glaciers of Glacier National Park. "I think on a global scale when you look at all the ice disappearing all around the world, there is no other explanation for that then climate change that is driven by people," Fagre says. 

Extinction: It's not just for Polar Bears anymore

"An accelerating rate of species extinction isn't just all part of mother nature's plan. It's an expected result of climate change," says Peter Sinclair in his latest video.  "With changes in the arctic happening faster than any other place on earth, polar species are among those most at risk. Case in point: The Pacific Walrus."

Reuters TV: Walrus feel the heat in Arctic

Reuters TV reports:  "The World Wildlife Fund is warning record high temperatures and the premature melting of Arctic sea ice are threatening the survival of the Pacific walrus. Rob Muir reports."

NBC News' TODAY show: Without sea ice, walruses struggle to adapt

This morning (20 September 2010), NBC News' TODAY show broadcast a segment on declining sea ice and its impacts on the Pacific Walruses.  "NBC’s Lee Cowan visits the Inuit village of Point Lay, Alaska, where, unusually, thousands of walruses have beached themselves, leaving scientists thinking that global warming may be to blame."

Wildlife Adapts to Climate Change (cartoon)

This clever cartoon from the Monterey Bay Aquarium shows some humourous ways wildlife might adapt  to climate disruption.  In reality, however, wildlife cannot easily adjust to rapid climate change -- and will depend on us to slow the pace of climate change by rapidly altering our lifestyles and carbon footprints.

Alaska Public Radio: Walrus Crowding Alaska’s Northwest Beaches

Annie Feidt of Alaska Public Radio Network in Anchorage, Alaska interviews USGS researchers Chad Jay and Tony Fischbach about the tens of thousands of walruses -- mostly females and their young -- that have hauled-out on Alaska's northwest coast as sea ice in the region has disappeared from the animals' feeding areas. 

From the Poles to the Equator, High Sea Surface Temperatures are Taking a Toll

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported yesterday (15 September 2010) that sea surface temperatures thus far in 2010 are the second warmest on record.  The observed impacts range from a near-record low sea-ice extent in the Arctic to a hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season and damage to coral reefs.

Tibetan Plateau Feels the Impacts of Climate Change

Within the past 15 years, the Tibetan plateau has seen shifts in the timing of precipitation and the onset of spring, as well as the volume of frozen rain and snow that builds up over each winter.  The impacts are rippling across the region's communities and ecosystems.  Adaptation choices for the plateau are both difficult and limited in the face of such extremely rapid environmental change.

Video: 2010 Arctic Sea Ice Update

As Arctic sea ice reaches its annual minimum extent --  the third lowest on record -- and as tens of thousands of Walruses are hauled-out along the Chukchi shoreline in Alaska, Peter Sinclair provides us with an invaluable -- and sometimes humorous -- video update on the state of Arctic sea ice.

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