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Is climate change affecting the way we approach ecological restoration? Can we really mitigate the effects of climate change by restoring ecosystems when those same systems are constantly evolving as a result of climate change? Join us as Leaf Litter examines one of the hottest topics of our time and its relationship to ecological restoration.

By Amy Nelson

Article Index

European Heat Waves “Have Doubled”

Early 2007 Saw Record-Breaking Extreme Weather

Arctic Sea Ice is Expected to Retreat to a Record Low

Greenhouse Gases Hit New High, Rise Accelerates

You’d have to be on a solo trip to the most remote regions of Antarctica to miss the hundreds of global warming headlines that appear weekly in our news outlets. Then again, with the ice melting beneath your feet, perhaps you’d still have a notion that the topic of climate change is heating up – fast.

Whether you credit the UN, Al Gore or the growing legions of organizations, climate change is top of mind worldwide. To some, it connotes a dreadful, apocalyptic future. To others, it presents an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically change the way we operate on our planet. But what does it mean to those of us involved in ecological restoration?

Join us as we take a look at one of the most sizzling topics of our time and examine how it affects our work in ecological restoration. We’ll talk with ­­­­Richard J. Hobbs, an Australian environmental science professor who co-authored an article on the topic of ecological restoration and global climate change for the journal Restoration Ecology.

Ever wondered how ecological succession and infrastructure deterioration would progress if we humans suddenly disappeared? Biohabitats’ Kevin Heatley reviews Alan Weisman’s “The World Without Us,” a book which does just that.

The resources section of this issue is loaded with links to explore for more information on global warming and ecological restoration. Finally, catch up on the latest at Biohabitats.

As always, we want to know what you think. Share your thoughts on Leaf Litter by contacting our editor at anelson@biohabitats.com.

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