Policy Documents

NIPCC IR1 - Chapter 6 - Terrestrial Animals

August 29, 2011

Chapter 6 compares observations regarding the fate of terrestrial animals to projections made by the IPCC. The IPCC assumes temperatures will rise so rapidly that many animal species will not be able to migrate poleward in latitude or upward in elevation rapidly enough to avoid extinction. New research and observational data contradict this assumption, and find instead that amphibians, birds, butterflies, other insects, lizards, mammals, and even worms benefit from global warming and its myriad ecological effects.