There is a consensus among scientists that global warming is occurring, and the increase in temperature is man-made. The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is currently preparing a new report on the topic that is expected to include strongly worded warnings to reduce the world's consumption of fossil fuels.
Missouri Botanical Garden ethnobotanist Jan Salick crosses the highest pass (5,400 m) in the Himalayas. The pass lies to the north of the Annapurna Mountain range in western Nepal, where one of her climate change research sites is located.
Credit (Burgund Bassuner)
The red triangles on this map represent Salick’s climate change research plots, which are located along a 2,000 km transect across the Himalayas in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibetan China.
Credit (Ken Bauer)
Missouri Botanical Garden researcher Katie Konchar examines plants in a Himalayan research plot.
Credit (Katie Konchar)
Himalayan climate change research often requires days of hiking, as well as camping in remote research sites like this one near sacred Mount Jomolhari (7,320 m) in Bhutan.
A new report from Environment Missouri presents data on U.S. federally-declared weather disasters from 2006 to 2011, and says climate change will make extreme weather events like droughts and storms more common – and more severe.
State advocate for Environment Missouri, Ted Mathys, says 2011 was a particularly bad year for extreme weather in Missouri and across the country.