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Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability:  2007. This 976 document is part of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide the decision-makers with an objective source of information about climate change. Topics covered include assessment of observed changes and responses in natural and managed systems, human health and adaptation practices.

National Park Service - Park Vital Signs Monitoring (PDF): March 2004. This 4 page briefing document discusses monitoring program guideline.

Florida's Coastal and Ocean Future - A Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership (PDF): April 2006. A 27 page issue paper by J. Hauserman for the  National Resources Defense Council which outlines concerns and makes recommendations regarding Florida's coastal resources, including ecosystem, water quality, pollution sources, drilling, fisheries, sea turtles and manatees, and global warming.

Florida and Climate Change - The Cost of Inaction (PDF): November 2007. E.A. Stanton and F. Ackerman authored this 104 page report which was a collaboration between Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute and Stockholm Environment Institute-US Center. It provides an overview of impacts to the economy of industry and infrastructure, hurricane impacts, and ecosystem impacts.

University of Florida Climate Change Forum Website: Extension faculty and climate scientists are working together to develop educational programs related to climate change issues. This website is designed to facilitate central access to climate change information related to science and solutions for a variety of users in Florida. Links include Resources, Science, Government and Business.

Potential Ecological Consequences of Climate Change in South Florida and the Everglades: 2009. This 50 page report was written by Pearlstine et al. highlights current scientific literature on climate change trends and potential impacts to the ecosystems of south Florida and the Everglades.

Climate Change and National Park Wildlife -A Survival Guide for a Warming World:  The 53-page report from the National Parks Conservation Assn., a Washington-based advocacy group, details concerns related to climate change in the parks, including the bleaching of coral reefs in Florida.

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