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Study finds climate changes faster than species can adapt

December 20, 2011

Full Article at http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/20515.html

The ranges of species will have to change dramatically as a result of climate change between now and 2100 because the climate will change more than 100 times faster than the rate at which species can adapt, according to a newly published study by Indiana University researchers.

The study, which focuses on North American rattlesnakes, finds that the rate of future change in suitable habitat will be two to three orders of magnitude greater than the average change over the past 300 millennia, a time that included three major glacial cycles and significant variation in climate and temperature.

“We find that, over the next 90 years, at best these species’ ranges will change more than 100 times faster than they have during the past 320,000 years,” said Michelle Lawing, lead author of the paper and a doctoral candidate in geological sciences and biology at IU Bloomington. “This rate of change is unlike anything these species have experienced, probably since their formation.”

Full Article at http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/20515.html

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  1. December 21, 2011 4:58 am

    Climate Change can be seen better than only as a disaster. If you use the instruments with which ‘nature works’ without thinking, then you can even irrigate deserts at costs only a fraction of ordinary desalination. See details at
    http://climatechange.thinkaboutit.eu/think4/post/brain_-_rain_-_grain_-_gain

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