Global Warming
7:02 am
Thu September 12, 2013

A Look at Global Warming from Atop the Peruvian Andes

When it comes to global warming, it’s easy to assume that the greatest impact is on our coldest climates, where we can see the polar ice caps melting before our eyes. But research coming out of Wake Forest University and elsewhere is establishing that the impact of rising temperatures could be even more dramatic at our warmer climates, like the tropical forests that ring the center of the Earth. WFDD contributor Justin Catanoso recently spent more than two weeks with tropical biologists hiking through the jungles and rain forests of southern Peru, recording his experience.

This series is made possible in part by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C.

Wake Forest University biologists are studying the impact of global warming on the rainforests in Peru. In part one of this series, WFDD contributor, Justin Catanoso, shares his experience hiking with the researchers, and finds out what they hope to accomplish there.