The Impact of Climate Change on
Mediterranean-type climate ecosystems
The destruction of habitat is exactly the approach California Governor Newsom has endorsed and Cal Fire is trying to implement.
Please see "A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of California's Terrestrial Vegetation" (Thorne et al. 2016) for further details.
2. Native habitats at risk. "At current rates of emissions, about 45-56 percent of all the natural vegetation in the state is at risk, or from 61,190 to 75,866 square miles," said lead author James Thorne, a research scientist with the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. "If we reduce the rate to Paris accord targets, those numbers are lowered to between 21 and 28 percent of the lands at climatic risk."To read more, please see the 2018 research summary here.You can also download the full paper.
3. Southern California is moving north. "One consequence of climate disturbance in California will be a shift of biodiversity to the north (Loarie et al. 2008). Scientists from the US Geological Survey developed the Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) to assess the physical vulnerability of the California coast. They found that from San Luis Obispo to the Mexico border, communities along this coastline have “high” or “very high” vulnerability to climate change (McGinnis et al. 2009; National Park Service 2004; Stein et al. 2000)." - Dr. Michael McGinnis: Read More.
Contributing to Climate Change Under the Guise of Fire Protection
Selected Papers on Climate Change
Luo, H. 2007. Mature semiarid chaparral ecosystems can be a significant sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide. Global Change Biology 13: 386-396.
Westerling, A.L. H.G. Hidalgo, D.R. Cayan, T.W. Swetnam. 2006. Warming and earlier spring increase Western U.S. forest wildfire activity. Science. 313: 940–943.
Lenihan, J.M., R. Drapek, D. Bachelet, R.P. Neilson. 2003. Climate change effects on vegetation distribution, carbon, and fire in California. Ecological Applications 13: 1667-1681.
Davis, F.W. and J. Michaelsen. 1995. Sensitivity of fire regime in chaparral ecosystems to climate change. In Moreno, J. and W.C. Oechel (eds) Global Change and Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems.
Gonzalez, P., G.P. Asner, J.J. Battles, M.A. Lefsky, K.M. Waring, and M. Palace. 2010. Forest carbon densities and uncertainties from Lidar, QuickBird, and field measurements in California. Remote Sensing of Environment 114: 1561-1575.* *The climate change data for this paper comes from a report by Battles, et. al 2014. It has some calculations on the chaparral's level of carbon sequestration, namely chaparral in southern California 1-3 meters tall sequesters about 50 +/- 8 metric tonnes per hectare (2.5 acres).
Take personal action to help reverse this civilization killing behavior
2. Join/Help organizations that are helping to mobilize the world for change such as:
Earth Guardians Scientists Warning
Extinction Rebellion 3. Make personal changes to reduce the amount of carbon you add to the atmosphere. For example:
- Reduce or eliminate beef from your diet.- Alter your transportation habits to reduce consumption of fossil fuels.- Help others understand the impact of the Climate Crisis (connect emotionally).- Vote for leaders who acknowledge the Climate Crisis and support change.- Support companies who are reducing their carbon emissions (vote with your wallet).- Replace screen time with socializing, creating, learning, art, hiking, gardening, loving.- Install solar panels if you own a home and can afford it.
Dr Bendell's most widely read paper can be found here:Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating ClimateTragedy, IFLAS Occasional Paper 2, July 27th 2018, Jem Bendell BA (Hons) PhD