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How global warming could cause animals to shrink ( Honey, I shrunk the copepods)
watts up with that? ^ | September 27, 2011 | Anthony Watts

Posted on 09/27/2011 12:24:34 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

From the Queen Mary, University of London , there was shrinkage, of plankton no less. I’m sure it’s easy to extrapolate that right up to the top of the food chain.

Planktonic copepod Image: Wikipedia

How global warming could cause animals to shrink

The way in which global warming causes many of the world’s organisms to shrink has been revealed by new research from Queen Mary, University of London.

Almost all cold-blooded organisms are affected by a phenomenon known as the ‘temperature-size rule’, which describes how individuals of the same species reach a smaller adult size when reared at warmer temperatures. But until now, scientists have not fully understood how these size changes take place.

Writing in the journal The American Naturalist, Dr Andrew Hirst and colleagues from Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences explore this unusual shrinking effect in more detail, and show conclusively how it occurs.

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, the study was carried out using data on marine planktonic copepods. These tiny crustaceans are the main animal plankton in the world’s oceans and are important grazers of smaller plankton and a food source for larger fish, birds and marine mammals.

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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: climachange; climatechange; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax

1 posted on 09/27/2011 12:24:40 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: TigerLikesRooster; landsbaum; Signalman; NormsRevenge; steelyourfaith; Lancey Howard; ...

Uh....what about the Dinosaurs???


2 posted on 09/27/2011 12:26:32 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

b.s.


3 posted on 09/27/2011 12:27:16 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Insert Seinfeld reference here ____________________________.
4 posted on 09/27/2011 12:28:49 PM PDT by txroadkill (Ghandi would have smacked 0bama in the head)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

...Noticed that this morning standing at the loo...


5 posted on 09/27/2011 12:34:33 PM PDT by gargoyle (...This looks like a good fight, deal me in...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I thought the earth hasn’t technically warmed in the last 12 years or so?


6 posted on 09/27/2011 12:37:43 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: ken21

But....it’s a scientific study...


7 posted on 09/27/2011 12:38:41 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

SHRINKAGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


8 posted on 09/27/2011 12:39:56 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: GeronL

The “Teams” measurements say it has...


9 posted on 09/27/2011 12:40:04 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
We might finally be able to get pot-bellied elephants without having to splice pig and elephant DNA.
10 posted on 09/27/2011 12:41:23 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Compare "Delay is preferable to error" - Thomas Jefferson // "Pass this bill now!" - Barack Obama)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

They shrink some in the skillet—so I guess.


11 posted on 09/27/2011 12:42:10 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; golux; proud_yank; Bockscar; grey_whiskers; WL-law; IrishCatholic; ...
Thanx for the ping Ernest !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

12 posted on 09/27/2011 12:45:57 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Why isn’t that a good thing, according to the usual PC thinking?

Shrinking people and animals would be almost as effective as aborting them to reduce the population. They’d take up less room, eat less food, and do less damage to the environment.

So, why would a greenie think that was a bad thing?


13 posted on 09/27/2011 12:59:11 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Crazy as this may sound. I breed these guys. They are food for some reef fish and corals. They can't really get much smaller than they are. They are the size of a pin head.
14 posted on 09/27/2011 1:05:19 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

15 posted on 09/27/2011 1:08:34 PM PDT by PA Engineer (SP/XX12: Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: cableguymn
Crazy as this may sound. I breed these guys. They are food for some reef fish and corals. They can't really get much smaller than they are. They are the size of a pin head.

WOW!

They're REALLY as big as Obama?

16 posted on 09/27/2011 1:09:36 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama - Wear The Fail!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’ve noticed how those crocodiles at the north pole are much larger than the ones in australia.


17 posted on 09/27/2011 1:09:45 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Sacajaweau

Swimming Pool too cold?


18 posted on 09/27/2011 1:10:27 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Imagine how BIG they would have been if not for that pesky heat.


19 posted on 09/27/2011 1:19:26 PM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: cableguymn

Amazing markings...


20 posted on 09/27/2011 1:19:32 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

MILLIONS of years ago when the atmosphere of the earth was more oxygen rich, insects were larger because more O2 could permiate their circulatory system free bodies.

I call BS on this too.


21 posted on 09/27/2011 1:19:54 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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Didn’t realize shrinkage was a “warming” phenomenon.

(Seinfeld ping. Want on our list? Name names. Want off? Sorry, no “shrinkage” of the list allowed!)


22 posted on 09/27/2011 1:22:25 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (I can only be series in a parallel universe.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It causes the left to shrink the truth!


23 posted on 09/27/2011 1:59:25 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Global Warming ? Thought we were worried about Climate Change ? Extreme warmth is just as bad as extreme cold to many organisms. Don't these scientists know they can play both sides of the temperature coin for their welfare payments ? Sloppy work.
24 posted on 09/27/2011 2:38:25 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: ken21

It’s not BS... It’s magic! Just look at all the stuff global warming can do. About the only thing it can’t do is make it though a real scientific review by objective scientists.


25 posted on 09/27/2011 3:30:38 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

that is a madarian goby. until recently they where 100% wild caught and only ate copeopds. about 10,000 a day. Now they are captive breed and eat prepared fish foods. They are making great advances in captive breeding of saltwater fish and corals :)

its the most commonly asked for saltwater fish after the common orange clown (nemo)


26 posted on 09/27/2011 3:33:36 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: N. Theknow

they prefer items of substance for dinner :)


27 posted on 09/27/2011 3:34:59 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

These danged tyrannosauri are always nibbling on my ankles, until I kick ‘em under the coffee table.


28 posted on 09/27/2011 4:16:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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29 posted on 09/27/2011 4:56:22 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Sponge Bob square pants and his gang ought to set up a MacDonalds under the sea an fatten these little guys up a bit.


30 posted on 09/27/2011 5:41:55 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Just asking such a question makes you a Dinophobe - therefore you have no right to an answer... /s


31 posted on 09/27/2011 6:58:08 PM PDT by GOPJ (Muslims will want to go to the moon when the Jews set-up Israel there. - Dennis Miller)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’d like my shrinks to shrink.


32 posted on 09/27/2011 6:59:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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