Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Friday, 26 August 2016

American pika vanishing from western US as 'habitat lost to climate change'

From the Guardian - the small mammal – ‘one of the cutest animals in America’ – is struggling to survive as summers get hotter and drier.

"Populations of a rabbit-like animal known as the American pika are vanishing in many mountainous areas of the west as climate change alters its habitat, according to findings released by the US Geological Survey.

The range for the mountain-dwelling herbivore is shrinking in southern Utah, north-eastern California and in the Great Basin that covers most of Nevada and parts of Utah, Oregon, Idaho and California, the federal agency concluded after studying the mammal from 2012-2015.

This study’s conclusion marks a more authoritative statement about the role of global warming on the animal compared to research released in 2003 that found climate change was at least partly contributing to the animal’s decline."

A related article from the Independent - watch President Obama visit Yosemite National Park in virtual reality.

“We know that protecting and preserving places like Yosemite, and all of our National Parks, is more important today than ever,” he says in the film. “As we look ahead, in the coming years and decades, the changing and rising temperatures mean that birds and mammals who made their home at Yosemite for thousands of years are moving to escape the heat,” he says in the film. "

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