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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bad news for birds - and us

The bad climate news keeps coming.

The National Audubon Society has some profoundly disturbing news about the threat that global climate disruption poses to North America’s birds.

Audubon finds that more than half of all bird species on the continent are at grave risk:
Of the 588 North American bird species Audubon studied, more than half are likely to be in trouble. Our models indicate that 314 species will lose more than 50 percent of their current climatic range by 2080.
Of the 314 species at risk from global warming, 126 of them are classified as climate endangered. These birds are projected to lose more than 50 percent of their current range by 2050. The other 188 species are classified as climate threatened and expected to lose more than 50 percent of their current range by 2080 if global warming continues at its current pace.

In Pennsylvania 84 species may greatly decrease or disappear entirely. 

The potential - or more accurately, likely - destruction is grotesque and immoral.

Meanwhile, the World Meteorological Association reports that atmospheric CO2 concentrations increased more between 2012 and 2013 than during any other year since 1984, reaching a new record high in 2013. In fact, WMO says that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere actually increased last year at the fastest rate for nearly 30 years.

Sometimes, additional commentary seems superfluous.

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