Report Shows Rising Temperatures Will Lead to Extinction of Two-Thirds of America’s Bird Population

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The National Audubon Society released a new report on the fate of birds in our warming climate. If reaches levels of 5.4 degrees by 2100, two-thirds of America’s birds will be vulnerable to .

This comes after a study that was released in September that said North America’s bird population had declined by one third. Audubon Society president David Yarnold calls our current situation “a bird emergency.” 389 of 604 species in the United States are at risk of extinction.

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Multiple factors of affect bird habitat and life. Warming temperatures, sea-level rise, water level changes, droughts and urbanization all contribute to the health of birds.

The Audubon’s Society first report on birds and climate change, published in 2014, showed about half of the birds were at risk. New and updated data sets have helped scientists quantify the new dire situation.

Using data from bird watchers and scientists,Audubon Society collected 140 million observations of bird life. Climate data shows different warming scenarios which scientists can link to current and expected habitat. All types of birds are affected, from boreal forest birds to marsh birds.

In the report, users can enter their zip codes to see affected birds in their area. The report also includes an interactive tool to select different levels of warming and how species are affected.

The Audubon Society has urged people to take action to prevent bird extinction. In a press release announcing the report, Yarnold said, “Two-thirds of America’s birds are threatened with extinction from climate change, but keeping global temperatures down will help up to 76 percent of them.

There’s hope in this report, but first, it’ll break your heart if you care about birds and what they tell us about the ecosystems we share with them.”

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 14 October 2019.


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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Deniers keep denying
Animals keep on dying
Perhaps when it is man’s turn
Too late we will learn

Diane
Diane

And yet Trump continues to had out licences to his cronies to keep drilling for oil and mining for coal!!