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Warmer Planet Could Be Dominated by Mosquitoes, Ticks, Rodents and Jellyfish
scientificamerican.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2012 | Lacey Johnson

Posted on 02/24/2012 7:47:34 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Imagine a planet where jellyfish rule the seas, giant rodents roam the mountains and swarms of insects blur everything in sight. It may sound far-fetched, but enough global warming is likely to change the distribution of wildlife on Earth. While species that are under threat, such as the polar bear, seem to get all the attention, others are beginning to thrive like never before.

In the past three months, new studies have been published about killer whales, wandering albatross and trumpeter swans—all of which appear to be benefiting from climate change.

Melting ice is turning the Arctic Sea into a giant buffet for killer whales. They have been arriving in growing numbers to feed on belugas, seals and narwhals, according to a recent study by scientists from the University of Manitoba. Warmer temperatures make it easier for the whales to hunt because their prey is less likely to climb onto sea ice or hide below it to escape.

At the opposite end of the world, in Antarctica's Southern Ocean, changing winds have been helping the wandering albatross find food faster. Researchers say global warming has produced stronger air currents that allow the birds to spend less time away from their nests, increasing the odds that their chicks will survive.

"The duration of foraging trips has decreased, breeding success has improved and birds have increased in mass by more than 1 kilogram," wrote the study's authors, who called their findings "positive consequences of climate change."

(Excerpt) Read more at scientificamerican.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: animals; climatechange; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; theylive
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1 posted on 02/24/2012 7:47:37 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Left off the biggest pest of all - Progressives.


2 posted on 02/24/2012 7:49:00 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
GWCRAP
3 posted on 02/24/2012 7:51:15 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And a planet that is running close to the dorm will only have to worry about these vermin tomorrow just as much as they do today.


4 posted on 02/24/2012 7:52:30 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
And that's the good news!
5 posted on 02/24/2012 7:52:30 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Where, and when will this ‘warming’ come from?

78 years of continual cooling hardly makes this very desirable warming seem unlikely

6 posted on 02/24/2012 7:53:16 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

With 50% saying they plan to vote for Barry again, I’d have to say that it already is dominated by mosquitoes, ticks, rodents and jellyfish.


7 posted on 02/24/2012 7:53:57 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for the DemocRAT voter base to start paying their "fair share" of taxes.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Save the Whales, drive a Hummer.


8 posted on 02/24/2012 7:55:42 PM PST by gusty
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Get rid of some of the damn wetlands which at one time were drained. And maybe even spray for mosquitos. Like duh...


9 posted on 02/24/2012 7:56:50 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Free ThinkerNY

aka sciencefictiondotcom...


10 posted on 02/24/2012 7:58:14 PM PST by citizencon
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To: Free ThinkerNY

When the current ice age ends, and the earth’s temperature returns to a more normal 6-9 degrees F above current temperatures, we’ll see.


11 posted on 02/24/2012 8:01:18 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Warmer Planet Could Be Dominated by Mosquitoes, Ticks, Rodents and Jellyfish”

And the giant monkeys that could fly out of my butt.


12 posted on 02/24/2012 8:02:46 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: Sacajaweau
And maybe even spray for mosquitos.

I remember the trucks that came by with the fogger. We used to ride behind them on our bicycles. On a dirt road. Without helmets.

Amazing we weren't instantly struck dead.

/johnny

13 posted on 02/24/2012 8:03:37 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

You plan on being here? LOL!


14 posted on 02/24/2012 8:04:36 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Beware the South Dakota jellyfish!


15 posted on 02/24/2012 8:05:47 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
And the giant monkeys that could fly out of my butt.

You'll need some ointment for that. And maybe some Tucks(r) pads.

/johnny

16 posted on 02/24/2012 8:06:10 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
What happened to the 50 million climate refugees the UN predicted would happen before 2010?
17 posted on 02/24/2012 8:11:35 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Weasel word: “Could”.

Equally valid headline:

“Planet might be cooler, and whatever the weather there may be no change in Mosquitos, Ticks or anything else. This is a meaningless article written by a liberal trying to advance an agenda. Thank you for ignoring it.”

Just saying.


18 posted on 02/24/2012 8:12:12 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sounds like the OWS crowd.


19 posted on 02/24/2012 8:14:36 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yeah I was on a tropical island missile base (Kwajalein) in the mid 60’s and we did the same thing. Kind of smelled good.

They did the same thing at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama when I was a kid.

Still kickin!


20 posted on 02/24/2012 8:14:47 PM PST by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: OrioleFan

I thought that mosquitoes, ticks, rodents and jellyfish were all names for “progressives”.


21 posted on 02/24/2012 8:15:16 PM PST by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Tunas, sharks, swordfish and some salmon eat jellyfish. People eat tuna, sharks and salmon. More jellyfish equals more tuna. I like tuna.


22 posted on 02/24/2012 8:15:46 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

We’re 5000 years overdue for the next glacial period.


23 posted on 02/24/2012 8:18:31 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It was due to garbage articles like this that I was forced years ago to cancel my subscription to the once well-beloved Scientific American Alas, no more.


24 posted on 02/24/2012 8:20:33 PM PST by perchprism (To those about to revolt, we salute you.)
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To: OrioleFan

The warmer the climate, the better it is for human life.....whats the problem.


25 posted on 02/24/2012 8:20:33 PM PST by IamCenny
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And a colder planet would be dominated by wolves and bears.


26 posted on 02/24/2012 8:22:00 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I used to like Scientific American. Now they’re just a leftist propaganda organ.


27 posted on 02/24/2012 8:24:54 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Imagine a planet where jellyfish rule the seas, giant rodents roam the mountains and swarms of insects blur everything in sight.”

Sounds a lot better than my immigrant in-laws who are living with us. Where do I sign up?


28 posted on 02/24/2012 8:25:55 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Researchers, pitured below, say global warming has produced stronger air currents


29 posted on 02/24/2012 8:32:53 PM PST by death2tyrants
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I used to subscribe to Scientific American. Of course that was back when the magazine was about science.


30 posted on 02/24/2012 8:35:42 PM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And bumper crops!


31 posted on 02/24/2012 8:37:44 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I posted the following comment at SA about their BS article:

Well gee, if there was anything to this ridiculous assertion, then there should be tons of evidence of plagues of mosquitoes, ticks, rodents and jellyfish during the medieval warming period. Right? You know, the warmest global period in written history? That period when the Vikings spread their seed far and wide, even unto Greenland colonies (which then failed when the earth cooled a bit again). That period in which there was plenty to eat and mankind flourished more than before and after that warmth. Oh, and apparently mosquitoes, ticks, rodents and jellyfish flourished then too. Right?

“Scientific” American has obviously totally succumbed to the Progressive (Marxist) disease most other bird-cage-liner media have fallen prey too. Just like them, SA won’t be around too much longer, since now we have almost unlimited sources to discover the truth. Well, SA won’t be around in printed form, in which case they become just one more web site amongst billions. No big loss. Nothing at all scientific anymore about Scientific American. And not really American anymore either. “The magazine whose title is two lies in one” would be quite the accurate masthead these days, I think.


32 posted on 02/24/2012 8:37:54 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh, you mean Democrats? (hat-tip to Bob Hope)


33 posted on 02/24/2012 8:41:28 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: beethovenfan

One generation ago, America’s education system was hijacked from the once world-leading system of scientific excellence, by the same education union bureaucracy which has demolished everything else excellent in American education.

The resulting mediocratic mush, ceased having even the capability of effectively deploying the actual scientific method, which had once lead to what had been American scientific leadership of the world.

“Scientists” promoted for being feminists or gay, were unable to invent the next actual scientific breakthrough, so they advanced their careers not by science, but by office politics.

Taking over.

Now, they’ve destroyed the host.

American science is nothing but a historical memory.

Liberals destroy everything they touch.


34 posted on 02/24/2012 8:41:33 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: One Name

You have private mail.


35 posted on 02/24/2012 8:44:47 PM PST by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: rabidralph

Hey girl, here’s to bumper crops. I plan on attempting a garden this year. But then, I plan on it every year. Never seem to get around to it though. It’s a bit harder to have a garden in a postage stamp size yard. Are you well?


36 posted on 02/24/2012 8:47:37 PM PST by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I can’t speak to the jellyfish and the rodents, but if mosquitos become a problem, I’ll just call these guys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKlkD-D20OI

:-)


37 posted on 02/24/2012 8:51:11 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

More Algae!!!

Woot- Woot /sarc


38 posted on 02/24/2012 8:52:41 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Sacajaweau

But remember that DDT is not allowed.


39 posted on 02/24/2012 8:53:15 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bikinis could dominate in a warmer climate.


40 posted on 02/24/2012 8:58:16 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Warmer Planet Could Be Dominated by Mosquitoes, Ticks, Rodents and Jellyfish

Ah. It is the Democrat voter registration drive.

41 posted on 02/24/2012 8:58:28 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Imagine a planet where jellyfish rule the seas, giant rodents roam the mountains and swarms of insects blur everything in sight”

Soon as Florida gets some mountains it’ll qualify.


42 posted on 02/24/2012 9:04:02 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That’s OK with me, as long as we can get rid of the Rats.


43 posted on 02/24/2012 9:08:25 PM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Mosquitoes, Ticks, Rodents and Jellyfish

It's already happening. Exhibit A = the U.S. Capitol. Both parties include many examples of all of the above.

44 posted on 02/24/2012 9:08:36 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
What, no giant lizards? Here I was sharpening my spear points so I would be ready to save scantily clad women :(


45 posted on 02/24/2012 10:21:06 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Warmer Planet Could Be Dominated by Mosquitoes, Ticks, Rodents and Jellyfish

In other words, Democrats.


46 posted on 02/24/2012 10:36:25 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Most of the jellyfish can be found at RNC headquarters when they aren’t on television.


47 posted on 02/24/2012 11:18:13 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh great. More Democrats.


48 posted on 02/24/2012 11:36:29 PM PST by cashless (Unlike Obama and his supporters, I'd rather be a TEA BAGGER than a TEA BAGGEE.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
...giant rodents roam the mountains ...

Now wait a minute......I thought it was settled that warming caused creatures to get smaller, not bigger...

49 posted on 02/25/2012 3:33:14 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; carolinablonde; marvlus; ApplegateRanch; Berlin_Freeper; Genesis defender; golux; ..
A warmer planet would increase agricultural production, but since the globe has been cooling for 13 years or so we may all be forced to go on a diet.

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

50 posted on 02/25/2012 4:49:57 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Expel the Occupy White House squatters !!!)
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