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Up to 900 species of land bird at risk by 2050
New Scientist magazine ^ | 6/9/07 | NewScientist

Posted on 06/09/2007 9:57:05 AM PDT by ricks_place

As G8 countries try to hatch a plan to tackle rising CO2 emissions (see "Climate wrangles"), a global analysis of the effects that human activities will have on land birds is ruffling conservationists' feathers.

By 2050, up to 900 species of land birds could be threatened by climate change and habitat destruction through activities such as logging. By 2100, the number of bird species on the World Conservation Union's Red List of threatened species may more than double.

Walter Jetz from the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues mapped the distributions of all 8750 known land bird species against habitat changes predicted in several potential environmental futures in the UN's Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (PLoS Biology, vol 5, p e157). "Species in temperate regions will suffer mostly from climate change," says Jetz, "but in the tropics, where birds are especially diverse and have small ranges, land conversion such as deforestation will have an even bigger impact."

"The specialists confined to small areas don't cope well with habitat change, and this applies to many tropical bird species," agrees Bill Sutherland, a conservation biologist from the University of Cambridge.

By identifying fragile regions, Jetz hopes his work will help policy-makers become more proactive, with improved targeting of conservation efforts. "Protecting tropical forests is also a strong buffer against future climate change," he says.

(Excerpt) Read more at environment.newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climatechange; federalization; globalwarming; healthypeople2010; kelo
It's for the birds! Habitat loss is not Global Warming.
1 posted on 06/09/2007 9:57:07 AM PDT by ricks_place
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To: ricks_place

It’s interesting how they keep these classroom topics from the Sophomore year in the headlines.


2 posted on 06/09/2007 10:00:32 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Treaty)
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To: ricks_place

Pure BS from the IPCC of course:

” The resilience of many ecosystems is likely to be exceeded this century by an unprecedented combination of climate change, associated disturbances...20-30% of plant and animal species assessed so far are likely to be at increased risk of extinction “

Known species extinctions in the last several centuries total about 1,000, with very few if any solely attributed to man-made climate change.

Seven new species found in Bolivia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3016876.stm

New frog species found in Thailand
http://fe3.news.sp1.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070523/sc_afp/thailandbiologyenvironmentfrog

52 New Species Found in Indonesian Waters
http://www.underwatertimes.com/news.php?article_id=10921705836

BEIJING, Nov. 25 (Xinhuanet) — 178 new species of fish
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-11/25/content_2259325.htm

Scientists have found more than 700 new species of marine creatures in seas once thought too hostile to sustain such rich biodiversity.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6661987.stm


3 posted on 06/09/2007 10:04:52 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: ricks_place
I'm so sick of this. Is there any way to stop these people?
4 posted on 06/09/2007 10:05:31 AM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: Para-Ord.45

PS: These fear-mongers are now lumping in deforestation, farming,etc with man-made CO2 since man-made CO2 is preactically irrelevant they now desperately go over the top with- EVERYTHING MAN DOES WILL DESTROY THE PLANET.

Makes me sick.


5 posted on 06/09/2007 10:07:53 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: ricks_place
The paid prognosticators have spoken. They have forgotten the golden rule of futurists though and predicted an outcome they may yet live to see. Should’ve said 2075 or 2100 just to make sure.
6 posted on 06/09/2007 10:08:47 AM PDT by kinoxi
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To: ricks_place

Good! The damned songbirds start up just before the sun rises here (Roswell, GA). I never get to sleep in because of all their singing.


7 posted on 06/09/2007 10:12:45 AM PDT by coon2000
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To: Dan Evans
I'm so sick of this. Is there any way to stop these people?

It is here to stay. FOREVER. It might end after political correctness ends. Chances of that? Nil. People are making too much money scaring ppl.

8 posted on 06/09/2007 10:13:02 AM PDT by deadrock
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To: coon2000

Bad news...songbirds are projected to thrive in North America. If only Canadian geese were required to get visas...


9 posted on 06/09/2007 10:16:16 AM PDT by ricks_place
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To: ricks_place

10 posted on 06/09/2007 10:16:25 AM PDT by sourcery (Double Feature: "The Amnestyville Horror" and "Kill the Bill, Vol. 2")
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To: ricks_place
By natural evolution, hundreds if not thousands of species become extinct through attrition each year. And as many new species emerge.

So all these let's 'save the slack-jawed woodpecker' and 'Have you fed a purple people-eater today?' endangered species programs are just so much hype.

(I really don't know that for sure, but neither do the free-loading hypesters know that it isn't true. But then, I'm not getting paid for my guesswork.)

11 posted on 06/09/2007 10:18:10 AM PDT by Eastbound
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To: sourcery
Corrected link: New findings indicate today's greenhouse gas levels not unusual
12 posted on 06/09/2007 10:19:13 AM PDT by sourcery (Double Feature: "The Amnestyville Horror" and "Kill the Bill, Vol. 2")
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To: Dan Evans
I'm so sick of this. Is there any way to stop these people?

Start by putting bu||sh|t sites like this one in your hosts file like I did yesterday, is all that comes to mind.

It is scary to see that "NewScientist " appears to mean, "Correct Scientist", or "Pimped Scientist".

13 posted on 06/09/2007 10:20:20 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (Global Warming: A New Kind Of Scientology for the Rest Of Us.)
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To: ricks_place
By 2050, up to 900 species of land birds could be threatened by climate change and habitat destruction through activities such as logging. By 2100, the number of bird species on the World Conservation Union's Red List of threatened species may more than double.
,br> Could be. May. Therefore, we should do whatever they recommend, those whose success of prediction runs even worse than that of psychics.
14 posted on 06/09/2007 10:22:40 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: ricks_place

We are all doooomed! Just like the ice age I went through they told me about happening.


15 posted on 06/09/2007 10:22:40 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: ricks_place

I need to get eating then, so I can try one of each before it’s too late.


16 posted on 06/09/2007 10:29:00 AM PDT by MrEdd (L. Ron Gore creator of "Fry-n-tology" the global warming religion.)
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To: Dan Evans

“Is there any way to stop these people?”

Other than declare hunting season or force them to sterilize so they don’t breed again, I do not know.


17 posted on 06/09/2007 10:32:11 AM PDT by Kimmers (Where is Hispania ?)
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To: ricks_place

Birds Ya’ Say ??,,,mmmmm,,,I recommend a 20 gauge,#6 shot,,
That won’t tear em’ up too bad...;0)


18 posted on 06/09/2007 10:32:48 AM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: MrEdd

Memo: It’s now, of the people, by the people, and for the birds and those who trade in guano.


19 posted on 06/09/2007 10:33:47 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: ricks_place

I saw a pile of dove feathers this morning. Probably a from a hawk of some kind that was enraged by the excess of CO2.


20 posted on 06/09/2007 10:37:56 AM PDT by CPOSharky (An organization that kills those who do not believe it's dogma is NOT a religion.)
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To: ricks_place

Notice how they never say how many NEW species of birds will emerge in the adaptation to the new climate. The Earth is 4 billion years old. Do these leftist windbags think this has never happened before? Earth lost perhaps 90% of ALL species after the great catastrophic asteroid impact. Somehow Earth recovered and produced new, fantastically diverse plant and animal life.


21 posted on 06/09/2007 10:48:55 AM PDT by montag813
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To: RightWhale

If another bird takes a dump on my car, it’ll be 901 species at risk.


22 posted on 06/09/2007 10:50:10 AM PDT by Governor William J. LePetomane (The affairs of state must take precedent over the affairs of state.)
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To: ricks_place

Survival of the fittest. Adapt or die.


23 posted on 06/09/2007 11:07:08 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: Eastbound
'save the slack-jawed woodpecker'

"Save the Slack-Jawed Peckerwood!"


24 posted on 06/09/2007 11:50:02 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: ricks_place
BS.

If the birds are not smart and adaptable enough to survive a slight warming process, they are not the fit enough in Evolution's "survival of the fittest".

25 posted on 06/09/2007 11:57:20 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: ricks_place

May I suggest a simple experiment:

1. Take any species and place it an enviroment it’s used to. Worms in the ground, fish in water, etc.

2. Set the temperature of that environment to mean temperature that the species lives in.

3. Count how many of that species you have in your controlled environment.

4. Raise the temperature of your controlled environment by one degree.

5. Count how many of the species die.

6. Get back to me if you can find a single solitary creature where an increase of a degree causes massive death.

If such a species existed, it would go extinct every summer.


26 posted on 06/09/2007 11:59:41 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Dan Evans

If the POTUS just said I am too busy to waste my time with this crap, we have an illegal immigration problem here, an invasion. We must protect our citizens and secure our borders.


27 posted on 06/09/2007 12:07:27 PM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: Our man in washington
...an increase of a degree causes massive death...
One degree too many!

28 posted on 06/09/2007 12:14:38 PM PDT by ricks_place
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To: Dan Evans

>> I’m so sick of this. Is there any way to stop these people?

If enough of their habitat (coffeeshops, sierra club meetings, antiwar protests and the like) was destroyed, they might go extinct.


29 posted on 06/09/2007 12:33:37 PM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: ricks_place

Remember that the phrase “up to” includes the number zero.


30 posted on 06/09/2007 12:34:28 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Para-Ord.45

The only world destruction caused by man is due to sin and the justified wrath of God. And we have seen nothing yet. But its coming.


31 posted on 06/09/2007 12:39:59 PM PDT by huldah1776 (Worthy is the Lamb.)
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To: Para-Ord.45
Known species extinctions in the last several centuries total about 1,000

More than 1,000 new species are discovered for every one that goes extinct plus we are creating new ones ourselves. The DNA of recently extinct species is often saved. Once the technology is developed many extinct species will be brought back to life. I imagine within 25 years the dodo bird will be brought back. I just hope they never get the idea of bringing back the Neanderthals. We don't need more welfare state voters.

32 posted on 06/09/2007 12:41:46 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Dumpster Baby

Yes, that’s them! I’ve not seen one before. LOL!


33 posted on 06/09/2007 1:00:26 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: huldah1776
wrath of God. And we have seen nothing yet.

That prediction has come up over and over again for thousands of years. The feeling of foreboding is a common one. The envi-mentalists are the latest iteration of the doomsday cult theme. It's irrational to believe such predictions since they have such a terrible track record.


34 posted on 06/09/2007 1:03:34 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: ricks_place

oh noes! it’s the end of the world as we know it!


35 posted on 06/09/2007 1:22:48 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: ricks_place

Free human beings will be extinct by then if the corporatist fascist G8 succeed in their truly evil plans.


36 posted on 06/09/2007 1:38:36 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer (I'm a billionaire! Thanks WTO and the "free trade" system!--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: Our man in washington

that’s the scientific method. these people don’t care about the scientific method, environmentalism is a religion to them not a science, that is unless it boosts their number. how dare you question their religion you heretic!! /end sarc


37 posted on 06/09/2007 3:57:46 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: ricks_place; OKSooner; honolulugal; Killing Time; Beowulf; Mr. Peabody; RW_Whacko; gruffwolf; ...

FReepmail me to get on or off


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Ping me if you find one I've missed.



38 posted on 06/09/2007 5:16:16 PM PDT by xcamel ("It's Thompson Time!")
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To: ricks_place

Lots of Mexican geese around here doing the goosing that Canadian geese will not do. ;)


39 posted on 06/09/2007 8:26:18 PM PDT by coon2000
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40 posted on 06/10/2007 5:29:19 AM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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If only Canadian geese were required to get visas...

Do they speak French?

41 posted on 06/10/2007 6:54:44 AM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: ricks_place

I think this is an over reaction. We all remember the Spotted Owls living very comfortably in a KMart sign


42 posted on 06/10/2007 10:04:20 AM PDT by Reform Canada (Kyoto=>More Unemployment=>More Poverty=>More Homeless=>More Crime=>More Rape & Murder)
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