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Polar bear inbreeding and bird ‘divorces’: Weird ways climate change is affecting animal species

By Julia Jacobo

The world’s biodiversity is constantly being threatened by warming temperatures and extreme changes in climate and weather patterns.
And while that “doom and gloom” is the typical discourse surrounding how climate change is affecting biodiversity, another interesting aspect of the warming temperatures is how different species have been adapting over the decades, as the warming progresses, experts say.


How birds are adapting to climate crisis

By Katie Hunt

Thousands of birds die each spring and fall when they collide with Chicago’s skyscrapers, which lie on a major migration path between Canada and Latin America.
But the birds don’t die in vain. Since the 1970s, many of them have been collected from the street and cataloged by the city’s Field Museum. This unique and detailed set of data has been a scientific windfall, revealing that North American migratory birds appear to be shrinking in response to climate change.


Are ills of the Arctic hitting California? Hundreds of migratory seabirds wash ashore

By Susanne Rust Photo: Carolyn Cole

Sara Bogard halted her dog as the two began descending the cliff down to Manchester Beach, along the Mendocino coast. Below, scores of dead and dying birds littered the beach as far as she could see. “The smell hit me first,” said Bogard, describing the musty, basement-like odor of northern fulmars scattered along the beach that mid-December morning. The smell, she recalled, was “kind of like a grandmother’s closet.”


Climate change behind unprecedented increase in butterfly species appearing in South Texas, experts say

By Sandra Sanchez Photo: Sandra Sanchez

The National Butterfly Center, with its serene grounds along the Rio Grande in South Texas, is always a big draw for tourists and locals living on the border. Now, a four-fold increase in butterfly species recently recorded at the facility is drawing even larger crowds. But it has some environmentalists worried that rare butterflies migrating from Central and South America are coming farther north due to global climate change.


Bird Migration & the Changing Climate

By Madison Mitchell Photo: Alek Komarnitsky

It’s no news that climate change is impacting our natural environment, but what does this mean for birds, migration patterns, and lasting biodiversity? As winter tends to get warmer, why are birds still migrating? What makes them migrate in the first place?


Caribou migrations in a changing Arctic

By Joly, K. and others Photo: NPS/Kyle Joly

Caribou are highly adapted to extreme environmental variability, which has allowed them to endure dramatic, historic changes, including multiple ice ages. However, current climate change is happening 2-3 times faster in the Arctic than anywhere else on the planet and perhaps at an unprecedented rate. The key question is: Can caribou, particularly in the face of significant changes in land use and development in the Arctic, keep up with these changes?


Climate change forces polar bears to migrate to Russia from Alaska

By Trends Desk

One of the many signs of global warming is the change in animal population and habitation. Something similar is being witnessed with the polar bear population of Alaska that is rapidly dwindling.


Stronger storms, hotter winters, crawfish migration: $5.4M funds LSU study on links to climate change

By Caroline Savoie Photo: Shawn Fink

Stronger hurricanes, warmer winters and unusual crawfish behavior that's driving the crustacean’s mass emigration from Louisiana’s coast.


How to brew a greener beer

ByJess Craig

From start to finish, making alcoholic beverages asks a lot from the environment. It takes about 20 gallons of water to produce a single eight-ounce serving of beer and 30 gallons per five-ounce serving of wine. Then there’s the glass and aluminum production for alcohol containers, the plastic and cardboard for packaging, and energy consumption for home and retail refrigeration.


The Critically Endangered Saiga Continues to Face Fluctuating Populations

By Katherine Gallagher Photo: Victor Tyakht , Getty Images

Known for its distinct nose and ribbed horns, the once abundant saiga can trace its history back to the time of woolly mammoths across what eventually became southeastern Europe and Central Asia. Currently considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), these unique antelopes have already gone extinct in their native ranges throughout Ukraine and China—mainly due to excessive hunting.