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A Letter from the Acting President Dear Friends, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest recorded storms to make landfall, tore into the Philippines on November 8. It impacted more than 13 million people, injured over 12,000, and, as of this writing, left more than 4,000 dead. The climate change deniers came out in force arguing, “This is not climate change!” In the recent past, scientists would respond: “We can’t definitely say this particular storm was caused by climate change, but it’s the kind of storm predicted to become more frequent as a result of climate change.” The deniers were clear while the scientists equivocated. However, scientists are now reporting on the basis of statistical evidence that the frequencies and intensities of storms (and other extremes of heat and drought) have exceeded “the usual.” We are experiencing climate change. The Earth is warming at a rate greater than predicted by climate models, and we can anticipate more dramatic and more frequent events like Typhoon Haiyan. WHRC scientists use the findings of their research to identify ways to mitigate the biggest drivers of climate change. Armed with this information, we work to implement policies that lead to better management of forests and agricultural lands, which aids in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Recent examples include: • A published study of deforestation in Brazil that demonstrates the connection between greater land clearing and lower crop yields, proving that farmers cannot increase production by expanding croplands into forests. • The creation of a satellite-based map of Indonesia to help the government identify additional areas for sustainable food production without clearing more forests. • Teaching local communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to better manage their forests both to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and to alleviate poverty. • The release of a map that provides an unprecedented view of global forest change over the past 12 years, which will enable carbon emissions to be determined with greater accuracy. In this issue of Canopy, we gratefully recognize our donors, who share the urgency of our mission. Throughout the magazine you will find statements from donors, staff, and scientists that convey, on a very personal level, how your support of WHRC has impacted their lives. Thanks to your commitment, we are able to take our research to the public and to policymakers and communicate that we are, indeed, experiencing climate change. We welcome new supporters to join us as we move beyond equivocation to solutions that will help mitigate the most harmful aspects of climate change. With sincere thanks,

Richard A. Houghton Acting President

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Canopy - Fall 2013  

The magazine of the Woods Hole Research Center

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