Global Warming is a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth's atmosphere. This is generally attributed to the greenhouse effect, and is caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants.
- Forest dispersion and shifting
- Forest fires
- Rising tree lines
- Forest disease and pest infestations
How a Changing Climate Will Double the Amount of Forest Fires in Canada
A new government report says that by the end of this century, a changing climate is expected to at least double the area burned each year by forest fires in Canada. The annual forest assessment of 2015 data by Natural Resources Canada says "a warming climate will contribute to a 50% increase in large fires, new tree diseases, and more insect infestations." Scientists say it is "difficult to link any single natural disaster such as a flood or fire to man-made global warming, but that the frequency and intensity of such events has been increasing and is likely to continue, especially in a northern latitude country like Canada."
Species and Ecosystem Impacts
- Increase in pathogens and mosquitoes
- Damaged agriculture fisheries and habitats
- Disruption of coral reefs and Alpine meadows
- Acidic oceans