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Climate change on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years, Stanford scientists say

August 3, 2013

Full Article at http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/august/climate-change-speed-080113.html

By Bjorn Carey

The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the speed of the change. Stanford climate scientists warn that the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift in the past 65 million years.

If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive.

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“There are two key differences for ecosystems in the coming decades compared with the geologic past,” Diffenbaugh said. “One is the rapid pace of modern climate change. The other is that today there are multiple human stressors that were not present 55 million years ago, such as urbanization and air and water pollution.”

Full Article at http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/august/climate-change-speed-080113.html

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One Comment leave one →
  1. frank e. mason permalink
    September 5, 2013 12:26 am

    In fast changing times, comparison is obsolete.

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