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    Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity

    Please come hear Sara Via, Ph.D., University of Maryland Department of Entomology & University of Maryland Extension discuss the “Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity.”
    The impacts of climate change are challenging the adaptation limits of plants and animals. Many are changing their geographic range, disappearing from areas in which they have lived for millennia and moving into new communities. Species interactions, which are responsible for much of Earth’s biodiversity, are becoming uncoupled as species respond to climate change in different ways. Few natural plant and animal communities will be unaffected, and many species will go extinct. The impacts of humans on the natural world have led many scientists to call the current era The Anthropocene, and during this era we are likely to witness the Earth’s sixth great mass extinction—caused entirely by human activity. In previous mass extinctions, 50 – 90% of species have disappeared, leaving an entirely reshaped Earth. This one is likely to be no different.
    This is a Speakers Series event sponsored by the Maryland Climate Coalition and Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis.
    All are welcome. This discussion is free and open to the public.  Thursday, May 18, 7-9pm at the Annapolis Friends Meetinghouse, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD.

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