Forecasts: Hopes and Fears About Climate Change


DIANA H. WALL, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University: What keeps me up, the thing that really drives me nuts, is that the rate of change is so fast. I work in one of the most extreme ecosystems on Earth: the Antarctic Dry Valleys. It is the coldest, windiest, driest place on Earth. We’re seeing warming events and very sunny events there, and this is causing a change in the organisms I study. These species have adapted to the conditions there. We don’t know what the impact will be on them or us. My students give me hope.