Its not just global warming, its local warming

Statement by Larry Schweiger National Wildlife Federation President On Release of IPCC Working Group II Report Washington, DC (April 6) “The world’s preeminent scientists are telling us with unmistakable clarity that it’s not just global warming, it’s local warming. It’s happening where we live. “The cascade of evidence should overcome any question that we must act now to reduce global warming pollution. “We can solve this problem by consistently reducing global warming pollution by just 2 percent each year, 20 percent a decade. America can do this if America sets it mind to it. “America must choose between a fundamentally different planet or a fundamentally different energy future that breaks our oil addiction and aggressively opens the path to alternatives and renewables. “The report’s message is water, water, water – more drought in the West, more flooding in the East and higher sea levels along all our coasts. “Global warming’s potential to harm wildlife is one of the report’s central findings. Temperature increases of just a few degrees may propel 20 to 30 percent of all species toward extinction. “Global warming is as unfair as it is dangerous – it will strike the poor hardest. One to two billion people will face increased water scarcity with a global average temperature rise of about 3 degrees F from today’s temperatures. “We share a moral responsibility to confront global warming to protect our children’s future.” The National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. World’s Leading Climate Scientists Report On Global Warming’s Regional Impacts Release Today in Brussels WHAT: This morning in Brussels, Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases its report on the latest scientific consensus on the currently observable and projected regional impacts of global warming – such as drought, wildfires, alteration of habitat, dislocation and extinction of species, flooding and increased vectors for disease. The projections are based on business-as-usual conditions if action is not taken to reduce global warming pollution. The IPCC is the forum for 2,500 of the world’s preeminent climate scientists representing more than 130 nations. The first working group report released in February made international news with its “unequivocal” conclusion that global warming is occurring and is “very likely” to be caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal. See www.ipccinfo.com for additional information. POLICY & WILDLIFE EXPERTS The National Wildlife Federation policy and wildlife experts across the country are available to assist in providing a regional perspective to this important story. National - Washington, DC Jeremy Symons, Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Global Warming Program, is available to comment on the significance of the IPCC findings and the growing momentum for action to cut global warming pollution among the public, business leaders, state and local governments, and in Congress. 202-306-7902 Dr. Amanda Staudt provides scientific expertise for the National Wildlife Federation’s activities on global warming. Prior to joining NWF, Dr. Staudt directed the National Academies of Science Climate Research Committee and helped author more than a dozen reports on topics including the U.S. strategy for supporting climate change research, radiative forcing of climate, past records of surface temperature, and practices for effective global change assessments. She holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences (2001) and an A.B. in environmental engineering and sciences (1996) from Harvard University. 202-797-6821 Northwest – Seattle, WA Patricia Glick, Senior Global Warming Specialist, has been dedicated to the issue of climate change for more than 16 years. Much of her work has focused on translating the science of global warming and its impacts on fish and wildlife into creative and understandable outreach tools, such as the recent reports Fueling the Fire: Global Warming, Fossil Fuels and the Fish and Wildlife of the American West, An Unfavorable Tide: Global Warming, Coastal Habitats and Sportfishing in Florida, The Waterfowler’s Guide to Global Warming and Fish Out of Water: A Guide to Global Warming and Pacific Northwest Rivers. 206-595-8054 Rocky Mountains – Boulder, CO Dr. Steve Torbit, Director, Rocky Mountain Natural Resource Center, holds a bachelors degree in chemistry, a master’s degree in zoology and a doctorate in wildlife biology from Colorado State University. His areas of expertise include agriculture and energy impacts on wildlife, particularly in the intermountain west. His research subjects have included mule deer, elk, pronghorn and bighorn sheep. 303-786-8001 ext. 17 Northern Rockies – Missoula, MT Dr. Sterling Miller, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Missoula, MT, is a certified wildlife biologist and an expert in large carnivore biology and predator-prey relationships, with particular expertise in black bears and grizzly bears. Prior to joining NWF, Miller spent 20 years as a research wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Anchorage. 406-721-6705 David Stalling, a regional outreach coordinator, is a hunter, fisherman and grassroots activist. He works with hunters, anglers, ranchers and others to help increase awareness, influence policies, and protect wildlife and wild places from impacts of global warming. 406-721-6705 Great Lakes – Ann Arbor, MI Zoe Lipman, Midwest Global Warming Program Manager, works on a range of energy and climate- related natural resource policy issues in states across the region. She works closely with NWF’s national campaign staff, and with NWF’s hunting and fishing affiliate organizations across the region. Prior to joining NWF, Zoe worked in management consulting, and as a trade union official in the U.S. and South Africa. Zoe has a BA from Yale University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 734-769-3351 ext. 34 Dr. Michael Murray, Staff Scientist, has focused on the scientific and policy aspects of toxic chemicals in the environment, including mercury sources, environmental cycling, ecological and human exposure and effects, and pollution prevention and control options. More recently, his work has extended to other areas, including nutrient loadings, aquatic invasive species, and food web disruption in the Great Lakes. Michael received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications. 734-769-3351 ext. 29 Gulf States – Austin, TX Dr. Norman Johns, Water Resources Scientist, has authored several works on water and other environmental topics and provides NWF with scientifically-based input on a wide variety of Texas water resource issues. Dr. Johns has 20 years of experience in the field of water resources research and management. Prior to working for the National Wildlife Federation, he worked in a variety of settings including private engineering consulting firms, the state water agency, and as a researcher at the University of Texas. He has received master's degrees in civil engineering and public affairs and a Ph.D. in geography, all from the University of Texas at Austin. 512-476-9805 Southeast – Atlanta, GA Laura Hartt, Environmental Policy Specialist, works on Florida panther restoration. She sat on the Florida Panther Recovery Team and helped draft portions of the state’s latest recovery plan. She has a BS in biology, with minors in chemistry and zoology. She has an MS in wildlife ecology with a specialty in predator-prey dynamics and population viability analysis. She also has expertise in the impacts of exotic species on freshwater communities. Laura also holds a law degree, with an emphasis on environment and natural resources. She has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as in law review journals. 404-876-8733 Northeast – Montpelier, VT Peggy Struhsacker, Wolf Project Leader, professional interests focus on human values and the restoration of ecological processes in the Northern Forests of New England. She received a M.S. in Environmental Biology from Antioch New England College in Keene, New Hampshire and a BS. from Montana State University. 802-229-0650