While the Australian Government is currently denying the links between bushfires and climate change (sigh…), President Obama has just released an executive order titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change”.
North America’s resource managers and conservation practitioners protect and preserve lands, waters, and wildlife in the face of land use change, development pressure, and now, climate change.
What does it mean to be plastic?
Plasticity refers to the variation in phenotypes under certain environmental conditions. This means that one genotype can translate into multiple phenotypes based on environmental change. Phenotypic plasticity is widespread in nature, and can significantly alter the relationship between organisms and their [abiotic and biotic] environment.
The evolution of plasticity
The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a report released every four years (last assessment was in 2009) to inform Congress and the President on recent advances in climate change impacts in the United States. However, almost all of the components that go into the production of this report are made available to the public. Some of the components (e.g.