by Lake County News-Chronicle
October 4, 2013 at 7:16 am in Lake County News-Chronicle
Tags: Letters to the editor, Opinion 3 Comments »
While I am a believer in climate change, I also recognize that there are others who will disagree with me. We cannot, however, disaghree with other indicators. Certain animals which are not normally found this far north are moving northwards every year. Certain plants that do not thrive this far north are now being routinely found farther and farther north every year. Go ahead, non-believers, and argue with the plants and animals and tell them they are wrong!
Ms. Gordon, you are an intelligent woman and will learn this sooner or later…may as well leartn it now. It is okay for folks to holler at you and call you names, it will just make you stronger. Continue learning your craft as a working member of the fourth estate. You are well on your way.
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What animals and plants are you speaking of ?? just curious……………
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to trojan…this forum is not appropriate for me to go into details, nor do I make a full study of this phenomenon – however, a simple google search will easily yield more than a million hits on the topic.
In general what is happening is that sub-alpine plants, if found on mountain slopes are moving up-slope to gain the cooler environment they need to thrive. Here in Minnesota it is not unusual to see changes in the forest makeup. Plants and trees such as various oaks, formerly more common well south of here are now able to thrive in our boreal forest region. The opossum, formerly limited to the South is now routinely found dead on highways well north of their ordinary habitat, even into Minnesota. As far north as Britain is, there have been observations of certain birds and butterflies moving to the northern edges of that island, and even disappearing altogether if they can not get far enough north. Animals dependent upon colder climates and routinely found in the northern US are now more often limited to Canadian regions in order to thrive – lynx and moose are two prime candidates.
Certain evergreen trees depend upon a certain minimum temperature for a certain minimum period of time for their seeds to germinate properly. As our winter conditions become less severe and of shorter duration, those trees are now more easily gaining new growth farther north. The white pine is a classic. I know, there are some diseases that kill mature white pines, but the young ones which start from seed are now less easily germinated in areas of more mild winters, even when short-term human influences are discounted.
Some corals have been affected by warming seas, dying out in areas we are accustomed to seeing them, and they are also shifting to more cool regions of the oceans.
You may certainly argue with me all you wish, but you cannot argue with the plants and animals. The very few paltry examples I give here are not the whole story, by any means. The observations however, have been made by the pros for more than 40 years.
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