Ecological Impacts of Climate Change: New Booklet from the National Academies

ei_cover_largeLife on Earth is profoundly affected by the planet’s climate. Animals, plants, and other living beings around the globe are moving, adapting, and, in some cases, dying as a direct or indirect result of environmental shifts associated with our changing climate—disrupting intricate interactions among Earth’s species, with profound implications for the natural systems on which humans depend. To illuminate how climate change has affected species and ecosystems across the United States, this booklet, based on the conclusions of an independent, expert committee of the nation’s leading scientists, describes some of the ecological impacts of climate change that have already been observed right in our own backyard.