Wednesday, March 21, 2007
While climate change scientists have looked into the next century, a local researcher says the effects of global warming are already affecting the planet. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
San Diego State University Biology Professor Walter Oechel has spent several decades researching and documenting the effects of global warming on ecosystems. He's concentrated his efforts on the Arctic and Mediterranean-type regions. Oeche says global warming is taking a toll on polar bears.
Oeche: We're already seeing the decrease in the population of the polar bear and starvation and death of the polar bear due to the lack of sea ice and the inability to work from the sea ice to feed.
Oechel's work has proved that human-caused global climate change directly alters the Arctic ecosystem.
(Photo: SDSU Biology Professor Walter Oechel has researched and documented the effects of global warming for several decades.