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How is deforestation affecting the temperate rainforest?
Deforestation is affecting the temperate rainforest by causing the area to become hotter and drier. With a dryer place, perspiration will not be so common and the animals will have to adapt or leave the forest all together. Deforestation is extremely bad towards the animals in this ecosystem because lots of animals live in trees. An example of an animal that needs this type of forest to survive is the woodpecker, which depend on the bark and the inside of the tree for food and shelter.

The animals that are most likely to adapt to climate change would be the bears and the woodpeckers. Wood plants, such as trees, would not adapt well to sudden climate changes.

How has the temperate rainforest changed in the last fifty years?
In the last fifty years, the temperate rain forest has changed by how much it has down sized in different locations. The temperate rainforest used to cover almost 3-4% of Earth's land but now only covers 2-3% of it. Animals have left the forest in search of new homes because the temperature has become colder and hotter in the change of seasons. In the last fifty years the temperate rainforest has been cut 55% and is the rate is quickly increasing. British Columbia holds 1/4 of the worlds temperate rainforest and on Vancouver Island 3/4 of that has been logged. It is rare to find an untouched temperate rainforest in the world today.

How will climate change affect biodiversity in this ecosystem?
Climate change will affect biodiversity in this ecosystem by extirpating an animal which in turn will hurt its predator or over populating its prey. If an animal in the food chain leaves or dies it will affect the entire food chain. The ecosystem itself cannot be altered in a huge way for the animals and other organisms like plants depend on it. We can stop this by helping the animals to adapt.

What are the main factors that affected climate change?
Climate change started many years ago. People don't have a clear understanding of what truly affected climate change but we do know that the amount of pollution and global warming has increased the change.

Which animals might adapt or be extirpated from this location?
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There is less variety of animals among the temperate rainforest than there is in a normal rainforest. Most of the animals in the temperate rainforest have adapted to life in the mountains and lots of water. Unlike the Rainforest, animals in the temperate rainforest do not have vibrant colors like neon green and electric blue, but have dull browns and blacks. In North America, most of the creatures that live there are black bears, elk, deer, river otters, salmon, other fish, woodpeckers, blue jays, robins, and wrens. Many other animals live there as well.

What can people do to help?
There are many ideas that people have to help save the temperate rainforest. One of the ways is to slow down forestation and eventually stop all together. Another way is to help the surrounding area stay moist. We can do this by not cutting down so many trees because trees help the air to stay cool and allows perspiration to occur. People need to make the temperate rainforest a safe and healthy place for animals to live and survive.

What makes a temperate rainforest?
A temperate rainforest is defined "any forest that obtains above 50 to 60 inches of precipitation in a year and has a temperate climate."

Other information on the Temperate Rainforest:
The temperate rainforest makes up a small area of the worlds natural forests. This type of forest holds the world’s greatest biomass and before deforestation, the temperate rainforest covered more of the globe than any other forests.

The forest has never been located in Antarctica and Africa for their climates were wrong for the forest to prosper. Currently, the temperate rainforest can be located in Western North America, Canada, South-East Alaska, along Chile's coastline, the west coast of New Zealand, Tasmania, and Norway.

To have a temperate rainforest the land needs to have the following:

-- A cool coastal climate
-- Thick, heavy summer fog
-- Lots of precipitation

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I liked how you were breif and straight to the point. Some things you might need to reword a couple of things to make them a bit easier to understand.-brad