Saturday, July 7, 2007

UNEP Report on birds and climate change; other news

A relatively recent news release from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) entitled "Migratory Birds Severely Impacted by Climate Change" is available at:

This brief report mentions that 84% of the bird species listed by the Convention on Migratory Species may be affected by climate change, including the effects of changing water levels, "Mismatched food supplies", changes in the geopgraphic ranges of prey, and the increased frquency of storms.


A recent article ("Reasonable Expectations") on the spread of invasive plant species in Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, by Julia Solomon is at: This is an introductory article to a complete section on invasives.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service news is at A recent meeting on polar bears involved "Delegations from the United States, Canada, Russia, Greenland and Norway met at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, June 26-28, to exchange information". Impacts of climate change and changes in extent of sea ice are agreed to be serious threats to polar bears.

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