Several of Earth's climates to be drastically altered by 2100
A new global warming study predicts that several climate zones, such as those in Austrailia, Indonesia, and Amazonia, will disappear by 2100, according to an Irish Examiner story (http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexaminer/pages/story.aspx-qqqg=sport-qqqm=sport-qqqa=sport-qqqid=28809-qqqx=1.asp).
Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change also said that new climates unlike any present today are likely to emerge.
The results of the climate shifts upon the ecosystem, including plants and the human population, are unpredictable. Scientists warn that many plant and animal species could be wiped out. The climate changes were predicted using computer models based on greenhouse gas emission forecasts among other forecasts.
The current climates of the Peruvian Andes, Siberia, and southern Austrailia are all predicted to disappear. New climates are predicted to appear predominantly in tropical regions.
About 39% of the earth's surface could consist of new climate zones while 48% of current climates could completely disappear assuming carbon emissions stay at current levels.
The study also said even if emissions are cut, about 20% of current climates could be eliminated.
According to an AP report, tropics have little change in temperature (http://news.bostonherald.com/national/view.bg?articleid=190986). Therefore, a temperature increase of only 3 degrees might have a strong impact in an area not used to weather changes.
Right now, scientists are unsure exactly how the climate changes will affect animal species, but drastic change is almost inevitable.
Both of these articles are very similar. The Examiner article begins by mentioning the most eye-opening finding of the story. It spends the most of the article talking about the disappearance of climates and the emergence of unknown ones. It also is careful to cite the study and specific scientists. The article does a good job separating facts in the study from hypotheses. I thought the article could've done a little better job explaining how the climates will disappear. The AP used a very familiar formula. I found it interesting how both articles didn't mention the name of the panel until the third paragraph, something I might have pushed higher into the story. The AP article did a slightly better job explaining the process of climate change, although it is still fairly vague. One thing I didn't like was the fact the story closed with two quotes back-to-back that didn't do much to highlight the findings or central theme of the story.