Simple Climate poll part 4: The effects of change

A cloud forest habitat in southern Peru where lizard species are found. Certain lizards in these habitats are at risk of extinction due to climate warming. Credit: Ignacio De la Riva.

A cloud forest habitat in southern Peru where lizard species are found. Certain lizards in these habitats are at risk of extinction due to climate warming. Credit: Ignacio De la Riva.

The impact that climate change will have on the world is what makes it such a crucial issue, and makes it important to understand. Consequently, when I have asked scientists what the situation is with climate change this year, some have given me an explanation based on the effects that they’ve seen or expect.

I’ve gathered these answers together as the last group of explanations that I’m summarizing in the Simple Climate end of year polls. These polls are a way for you to help me with one of the aims of my blog – producing a single, simple explanation of climate change. Please read them and then vote for your favourite and/or comment at the end. Also, if you haven’t already voted in them, the first three polls are still ongoing. The first includes direct explanations of the physics underlying climate change, the second one-line and metaphorical explanations, and the third includes attempts to explain it at a personal level. The winner from each poll will then go into a final poll-to-end-all-polls at the end of the year. Happy voting! Read the rest of this entry »