Online Resources: Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystems and Species

Rising greenhouse gas concentrations are changing the world's climate and acidifying the oceans, and these already are affecting ecosystems and species on all the world's continents and oceans.  Those impacts will rapidly grow during the rest of the 21st century -- and beyond.  We provide a sampling of key online resources on those impacts on natural systems and wildlife.

Ecosystems chapter of Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States (2009), a report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program. High resolution images from the chapter also are available online.

Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit (2009). Developed by agencies of the U.S. government "to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation’s wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become `climate stewards.’” It includes links to information on 11 U.S. ecoregions. For each region there is a profile (what the toolkit calls a “case study) and 1-3 activities for students.

Ecological Impacts of Climate Change. Booklet from the U.S.National Academies (2008). Includes:

  • HTML version of the report, including coverage of these U.S. regions:
    • Pacific Coastline
    • Alaska and the Arctic
    • Western Mountains
    • Southwestern Deserts
    • Central United States
    • Southeast
    • Northeast

Species susceptibility to climate change impacts factsheet [PDF]. From the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (October 2008)

Ecosystems, their Properties, Goods and Services [PDF].  Chapter 4 of Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (2007). Report of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Report of the Second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change [PDF]. From the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2009). Report of the Second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change.


Global Warming and Wildlife (National Wildlife Federation) 

Climate Change - Wildlife & Wildlands (U.S. Global Change Research Program)

Web Sites

WWF US > Climate Change Blog > Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability  > Ecosystems and Species .  A few of our more popular and recent postings (updated 30 Jan 2011):

WWF US > Climate Change Blog > Regions > WWF Priority Places. A few of our more popular and recent postings (updated 30 Jan 2011):

WWF International > Impacts of Climate Change > Nature at Risk

National Wildlife Federation > Wildlife and Global Warming

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) > National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center


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