This gif shows the number of days per year (1981-2011) on which each US county’s temperature exceeded 100 F.
This gif shows the progression of California’s drought in the first half of 2014.
Demand for ivory in Asian markets is driving illegal elephant poaching, with China posing the greatest threat.
Elephant populations are in decline throughout Africa largely due to poaching. Poaching is a problem in all regions of Africa, but especially severe in western and central Africa.
Oyster reefs are in rough shape over much of the world, threatened by over-harvesting in combination with pressures from exotic species (including disease) and pollution. This means those coastal areas are losing the valuable ecosystem services, such as water filtration and protection from storm surges, oyster reefs provide.
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Historic drought in California affects more than California. Local impacts of climate change have broader implications.