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Britain’s birds suffer the impact of climate change

Climate change will have a long-term effect on the future of a third of the bird species studied.

A study published by the British Trust for Ornithology has looked at the impact of climate change on individual bird species. Lead author of the study James Pearce-Higgins says some species will lose out, but others will benefit from the changes.

Climate change will clearly have a detrimental effect on the lives of migratory birds: the number of
cuckoos, for instance – who visit
the UK between April and June
to breed – has dropped
by 80 percent over
the last thirty years.

The transformation of the weather disrupts the established schedules of migratory birds: plants flower sooner and insect populations decline by the time the birds get on the way, with the result that young birds and those exhausted by the migration do not get sufficient food, which may have fatal consequences.

On the other hand, birds that winter in Britain are increasing their populations as milder weather and in particular warmer winters improve their chances of survival.

The researchers also emphasised that despite its great significance, climate change is not the only factor driving the decline of bird populations – changes in land use and decreasing habitats are also important factors, so we can do a great deal for endangered species by addressing also these issues.

The cuckoo population has dropped by 80 percent over the last 30 years in the UK, partly as a result of
climate change
Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: BBC

Corals back from the dead discovered in the Mediterranean Sea

For the first time ever, living polyps were discovered in Mediterranean coral colonies that were previously thought to be completely dead by researchers who published their finding in the periodical Science Advances.

Oceans absorb massive quantities of carbon dioxide

The oceans play a very important role in controlling Earth’s climate. New research has shown that the planet’s five oceans absorb much more carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for the greenhouse effect, than previously thought.

Temperatures in Israel increase by 0.25 degrees Celsius per decade

According to a study published in the International Journal of Climatology, Israel’s average temperature has been rising continuously since the proclamation of the Middle Eastern state in 1948, but over the last thirty years the rate of warming has also increased.

Temperatures increase much faster than global average in the Mediterranean region

Temperatures are rising much faster than the global average in the region of the Mediterranean Sea, and this represents a threat to the food and water resources of the region, researchers have warned in a new study.

Fates, faces, contrasts

The news about climate refugees are alternating sequences of frightening numbers and apocalyptic landscapes that obscure the real face of the problem: the disfigured human fates.

Climate change causing great damage to UK wildlife

More than a quarter of all mammals are threatened with extinction.

Several hundred temperature records broken in 2019

Between 1 May and 30 August, higher than ever temperatures have been measured in 29 countries, on almost 400 occasions in the Northern Hemisphere.

The perishing glaciers of the Alps – shown from a special perspective

The French falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers has surveyed the glaciers of the Alps using a camera attached to a white-tailed eagle.

The Polarstern sets off on a unique expedition frozen to an ice floe

The ice floe that the German research boat will be attached to as it drifts around the Arctic for almost a year on the most important Arctic expedition ever has been selected.

September 2019 the warmest so far

Data from European climate researchers indicates that this year’s was the warmest September since the Copernicus Climate Change Service began keeping regular records of meteorological data in 1981.