The world's climate is changing, and it will continue to change throughout the 21st century and beyond. Rising temperatures, new precipitation patterns, and other changes are already affecting many aspects of human society and the natural world. In this book, the National Research Council provides a broad overview of the ecological impacts of climate change, and a series of examples of impacts of different kinds. The book was written as a basis for a forthcoming illustrated booklet, designed to provide the public with accurate scientific information on this important subject.
1 Front Matter; 2 1 Introduction; 3 2 Documented Current Ecological Impacts of Climate Change; 4 3 Examples of Ecological Impacts of Climate Change in the United States; 5 4 Lessons from the Distant Past; 6 5 Impacts of Future Climate Changes; 7 REFERENCES AND SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; 8 Appendix A The Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change; 9 Appendix B Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change Member Biographies