From thick forests to densely packed cities, from open farmland to the seashore, Georgia’s diverse ecosystems are at risk from the effects of climate change. UGA researchers in several departments have been studying the changing climate and it’s impact on our state. Here’s just some of what they’ve learned:
- cities are warming at a faster rate than surrounding countryside
- the coastline is receding due to rising sea levels
- forests are at increased risk from the spread of damaging insects and other pests
- livestock and crops are being exposed to more intense periods of drought and floods
Researchers say the prognosis is not good and they urge the public and policy makers take action to mitigate climate change.
This video story was produced by John Holcomb for Grady College’s Advanced Video Journalism course, JOUR 5280, taught by Chris Shumway.