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Where in the World is Carbon Dioxide? The Potential Impact of Rising Levels of Carbon Dioxide on U.S. Forests

This article is from Issue Facts to the Future - Vol. 5 No. 1.

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Most scientists think that evidence from different studies shows that our global climate is changing in many ways, such as getting warmer, more rain falling in shorter amounts of time, and more drought. The scientists in this study used mathematical formulas to study what kind of impact these changes in the Earth’s climate might have on vegetation.

Welcome to the Facts to the Future edition

Education Standards Correlations


Meet the scientists that contributed to this article:

"Science Topics" covered in this article:
  • Earth Science

"Environmental Topics" covered in this article:
  • Atmosphere (Educators)
  • Forest and Grassland Use (Educators)
  • Protecting Trees and Other Plants (Students)
  • The Value of Forests and Grasslands (Educators)
  • Using Forests (Students)

Regions covered in this article:
  • Alaska
  • Intermountain
  • Northern
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Pacific Southwest
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Southern
  • Southwestern

"Thinking About Science Themes" covered in this article:
Specific 'Thinking About Science'Themes:
  »  Scientific Topics
  »  The Scientific Process

"Thinking About the Environment Themes" covered in this article:

Specific 'Thinking About the Environment'Themes:
  »  Human impact on natural resources and other living things

Specific "Thinking About Science" Themes:
  • Scientific Topics
  • The Scientific Process

"Thinking About Environmental Themes" covered in this article:
Specific 'Thinking About the Environment'Themes:
  »  Human impact on natural resources and other living things

Specific "Thinking About the Environment" Themes:
  • Human impact on natural resources and other living things

NSE Standards covered in this article:
  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (A)
  • Diversity and adaptations of organisms (C)
  • History of science (G)
  • Nature of science (G)
  • Populations, resources and environments (F)
  • Properties and changes of properties in matter (B)
  • Risks and benefits (F)
  • Science and technology in society (F)
  • Science as a human endeavor (G)
  • Structure and function in living systems (C)
  • Structure of the earth system (D)
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry (A)

Science Benchmarks covered in this article:
  • Common Themes: Constancy and Change
  • Common Themes: Scale
  • Common Themes: Systems
  • Habits of Mind: Communication Skils
  • Habits of Mind: Computation and Estimation
  • Habits of Mind: Critical-Response Skills
  • Human Society: Global Interdependence
  • Human Society: Social Change
  • Human Society: Social Trade-Offs
  • The Living Environment: Flow of Matter and Energy
  • The Living Environment: Interdependence of Life
  • The Nature of Science: Scientific Inquiry
  • The Nature of Science: The Scientific Enterprise
  • The Nature of Technology: Issues in Technology
  • The Nature of Technology: Technology and Science
  • The Physical Setting: Energy Transformations
  • The Physical Setting: Processes that Shape the Earth
  • The Physical Setting: The Earth