State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

Climate News Roundup: Week of 8/15-8/19

Climate change could drive native fish out of Wisconsin waters, University of Wisconsin News, 8/16

A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that an important forage fish, the cisco, could disappear from most of the Wisconsin lakes that it currently inhabits by 2100 as a result of climate change. The fish is native to inland lakes of Wisconsin and is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change because it depends on cold water.

Rick Perry calls global warming an unproven, costly theory, LA Times, 8/17

Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican presidential hopeful, has again stated his view that global warming is not proven and has voiced his skepticism that humans play a role in altering Earth’s climate. Without citing sources or giving specifics, he added that “anti-carbon programs” will be expensive and harmful to the economy.

Food experts seek long-term solutions on Somalia famine, The Guardian, 8/18

In the face of the current food crisis in the horn of Africa, experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are examining ways to avoid famine in the future by planning for agriculture in the long term. The head of the FAO and the Kenyan Agriculture minister have both identified the impacts of climate change as critical factors to consider in developing a long term food security strategy for the region.

Rapid Range Shifts of Species Associated with High Levels of Climate Warming, Science, 8/19

A new study published in Science has found more evidence of the threat to biodiversity posed by climate change: many species of land organisms are shifting their habitats in response to climate change two to three times faster than previously thought. The distances moved by species are greatest in the areas with the highest warming.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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