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Facing an Uncertain Climate

Jennifer Fisher Wilson
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Science Reporter, Annals of Internal Medicine

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Ann Intern Med. 2007;146(2):153-156. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-146-2-200701160-00022
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Our climate is changing, and the results are increasingly disruptive. Droughts, dust storms, and wildfires are occurring more often in some areas, while others are plagued by an increasing number of intense rainstorms and hurricanes. Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, coasts are eroding, and heat waves are happening at historic rates, seriously threatening the survival of ecosystems and placing approximately 25% of all plant and animal species on the path to extinction by 2050 (1). Melting sea ice has shortened the season during which polar bears can search for food and has hindered their reproduction; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on the verge of deeming them the first mammals in danger of extinction because of global warming.

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