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Yale Environment 360: Eighty Percent of Ecosystems Vulnerable to Climate Change, Study Finds

Yale Environment 360: Eighty Percent of Ecosystems Vulnerable to Climate Change, Study Finds | Animal Welfare | Scoop.it

Climate change could significantly transform up to 86 percent of the planet's land ecosystems under worst-case global warming scenarios, according to researchers at Germany's Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. That estimate is based on a 4 to 5 degree C temperature increase by the year 2100 — a scenario that is plausible given many nations' reluctance to enact greenhouse gas emissions limits, the researchers say. Even if global temperatures are kept to 2 degrees C above preindustrial levels, 20 percent of natural land ecosystems are at risk of moderate or major changes, especially high-altitude and high-latitude regions. Such changes could include boreal forests being transformed into temperate savannas, trees growing in thawed Arctic tundra, or even a dieback of some of the world's tropical forests. "Essentially, we would be leaving the world as we know it," says Sebastian Ostberg, who led the research. 


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Koala count volunteers needed - ABC Local

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Koala count volunteers needed
ABC Local
The Great Koala Count wants 'citizen scientists' to gather data on koalas in their region, to create a more detailed picture of their habits and habitats.
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This is vital data to study the effects of habitat destructions on the Australian Koalas. If you have the time then please volunteer

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Alaska builds differently to adapt to climate change - USA TODAY

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Alaska builds differently to adapt to climate change
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Alaskans are learning to build differently to minimize the damage of global warming.
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8 Amazing Facts About Dogs | Dailysmash.co.uk

8 Amazing Facts About Dogs | Dailysmash.co.uk | Animal Welfare | Scoop.it
Most of us love dogs, but did you know this?... http://t.co/eLPSs2zNsl
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From peeing on command to knowing over 200 verbal commands dogs are absolutely mans best friend and this page has a few fun facts about them. 

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