Global Warming and Wildlife

My job is securing funding from global warming legislation to protect natural resources and wildlife from global warming.  I like the idea that decades from now, I can look back and say I was responsible for the largest and most critical investment in natural resource conservation in history. Yes, this funding will go to conservation that will save trout from rising stream temperatures, save ducks from disappearing prairie potholes, and save a little place called Los Angeles from the catastrophic wildfires that start in the nearby state forests. (Ok, being from New York City, I’m not as concerned about the last one.)

Anyway, I neglected to point out a report released (begrudgingly?) by the Bush administration early this week detailing the effect of climate change in the US.  Needless to say it wasn’t sunny skies and balmy Februarys.  Climate change has already caused more frequent forest fires, insect outbreaks and rising coast lines.  Already.  Things will get worse even if we begin reducing carbon pollution, let alone if we wait.  And get this:

"The researchers said that of 1,598 animal species examined in more than 800 studies, nearly 60 percent were found to have been affected by climate change."

60 percent!  That’s not just the moose and the polar bear!  So, I guess my point is we must take strong action and we must act fast, and that starts with strengthening and passing the Climate Security Act, and making sure it continues to include the critical funding to protect wildlife and natural resources.  Look for voting and debate to begin in the Senate on monday.

Derek Brockbank

Published: May 30, 2008