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Kittens and climate change (audio, slideshow, links)
Kavitha Cardoza, The Environment Report
Climate change is making cats’ breeding season longer, resulting in more kittens taken to shelters
Every year between three to four million dogs and cats in the US are euthanized in shelters. That’s according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. That’s because no one will take them in. Kavitha Cardoza reports the warmer temperatures caused by climate change are making the problem of too many cats worse:
(20 October 2008)
Climate change is driving increase in tiger attacks
New Scientist staff and Reuters
The number of tiger attacks on people is growing in India’s Sundarban islands as habitat loss and dwindling prey caused by climate change drives them to prowl into villages for food, conservation experts say.
Wildlife experts say endangered tigers in the world’s largest reserve are turning on humans because rising sea levels and coastal erosion are steadily shrinking the tigers’ natural habitat.
The Sundarbans, a 26,000 sq km area of low-lying swamps on India’s border with Bangladesh, is dotted with hundreds of small islands criss-crossed by water channels.
“In the past six months, seven fishermen were killed in an area called Netidhopani,” says Pranabes Sanyal of the World Conservation Union.
“Owing to global warming, the fragile Sundarbans lost 28% of its habitat in the last 40 years. A part of it is the core tiger reserve area from where their prey migrated.”
(21 October 2008)
Climate change is ‘faster and more extreme’ than feared
Paul Eccleston, UK Telegraph
Climate change is happening much faster than the world’s best scientists predicted and will wreak havoc unless action is taken on a global scale, a new report warns.
Extreme weather events’ such as the hot summer of 2003, which caused an extra 35,000 deaths across southern Europe from heat stress and poor air quality, will happen more frequently.
Britain and the North Sea area will be hit more often by violent cyclones and the predicted rise in sea level will double to more than a metre, putting vast coastal areas at risk from flooding.
The bleak report from WWF – formerly the World Wildlife Fund – also predicts crops failures and the collapse of eco systems on both land and sea.
And it calls on the EU to set an example to the rest of the world by agreeing a package of challenging targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to tackle the consequences of climate change and to keep any increase in global temperatures below 2C.
The agency says that the 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – a study of global warming by 4,000 scientists from more than 150 countries which alerted the world to the possible consequences of global warming – is now out of date.
WWF’s report, Climate Change: Faster, stronger, sooner, has updated all the scientific data and concluded that global warming is accelerating far beyond the IPCC’s forecasts.
(20 October 2008)
How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic
Coby Beck, Gristmill
Below is a complete listing of the articles in “How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic,” a series by Coby Beck containing responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming. There are four separate taxonomies; arguments are divided by:
Stages of Denial
Types of Argument, and
Levels of Sophistication
Individual articles will appear under multiple headings and may even appear in multiple subcategories in the same heading…