September 11, 2014

Climate Change Porn – 20: No orioles in Baltimore, no loons in Minnesota

From NPR:

People in Maryland love their Baltimore orioles — so much so that their Major League Baseball team bears the name of the migrating bird. Yet, by 2080, there may not be any orioles left in Maryland. They migrate each year and, according to a new report, could soon be forced to nest well north of the Mid-Atlantic state.

Animated map: Projected change in the suitable range for the Baltimore Oriole between 2000 and 2080

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And the oriole is not alone. A seven-year study published Tuesday by the National Audubon Society warns that the migratory routes and habitats of more than half of the birds in North America are now or soon will be threatened by climate change.  …
The common loon, an iconic bird in Minnesota and Maine, may no longer be able to breed in the lower 48 states as soon as 2080, according to the report

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  1. much can happen in 50-100 years .. pure speculation wrapped in scientific predictions ..
    Even if global warming is true, a very big if, Canada is a big winner with more ice free ports, shorter winters and longer growing season.
    Pollution is the core issue, and global religious fanatics with access to deadly weapons on a mass scale, and not global warming …

  2. “Even if global warming is true, a very big if, Canada is a big winner with more ice free ports, shorter winters and longer growing season.”
    This is unbelievably ignorant and short sighted.

    1. I’m sure the Inuit are happy that the golf season will be extended for Thomas at the expense of their homes and food:
      “Hot weather in the summer is melting the permafrost and causing large-scale slumping on the coastline and along the shores of inland lakes. The melting has already caused one inland lake to drain into the ocean, killing the freshwater fish. Around the town of Sachs Harbour, it is causing building foundations to shift.”
      http://www.iisd.org/casl/projects/inuitobs.htm

      1. Yes, the warming climate has impact on the planet. Some beneficial and some negative. Change is just that: change !
        My hair also is greyer today than it was 20 years ago. It happens. It is called “life”.

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