Global Warming of Costa Rica

This topic submitted by Patricia Reuss ( reusspj@miamioh.edu) at 7:16 PM on 3/13/06.

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Global warming is something we have all anticipated and been warned about. However, are we already seeing the negative impacts of it in warmer regions such as Costa Rica? Many species are being driven closer to the poles and higher altitudes to survive. Migration and reproduction are also believed to be altered due to global warming. This change in climate is already being held responsible for the extinction of over 110 species of frogs, what is next?

I. Introduction
A. What is global warming?
B. General effects of higher temperatures
¥Tropical rains too early
¥Increase in cloud cover
C. Costa Rica and global warming
¥Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve

II. Species that are experiencing changes or extinction
A. Tropical Frog species extinction
B. Cloud forest bats
C. Increase in fungus growth
D. Decline in tree growth
E. Birds
F. Amphibians
G. Wild Orchids

III. Difference between biologists vs. economists view over warming effects on Wildlife
A. Economists view
¥Present day changes and their impact
B. Biologists view
¥Focus on long term consequences

IV. Conclusion
A. Other possible causes of climate change
¥Forest clearing
¥Increase in amount of secondary forest
¥Clearing of tropical forests
¥Tourism
B. What can be done to help save species?

Beardsley, Tim. "In the heat of the night." Scientific America 249.4 (1998): 20-21.

Brownlee, Christen. "Global warming may already be a killer." Science News 169.7 (2006): 109-110.

Kaiser, Jocelyn. "Tropical Forests Fuel Warming?." Science Now: 2-4.

LaVal, Richard K. "IMPACT OF GLOBAL WARMING AND LOCALLY CHANGING CLIMATE ON TROPICAL CLOUD FOREST BATS." Journal of Mammology 85.2 (2004): 237-244.

Pounds, Alan J. "Biological response to climate change on a tropical mountain." Nature 4/15 1999: 611-616.

Watson, Traci . "Vanishing of frogs, toads tied to global warming, study says." USA Today 12 Jan 2006: News 6a.

Withgott, Jay. "Refugee species are feeling the heat of global warming." New Scientist 177.2376 (2003): 4-5.


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