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Global Warming Causes Amuse-bouches

Honey, we’ve shrunk the planet - Environment - Scotsman.com

Animals and plants all over the planet are shrinking because of climate change, scientists warned.
Examples include grasses and trees, toads, tortoises, goshawks, gulls, woodrats, Soay sheep and red deer. Even polar bears are starting to get smaller in response to the loss of sea ice, it is claimed.
Experimental research had also shown that for every degree Celsius of warming, plants of various types shrank by between 3 per cent and 17 per cent.
Studies had also shown that corals, oysters, scallops and other calcifying ocean dwellers suffer stunted growth as a result of climate change acidifying the sea. The research, led by Dr David Bickford from the National University of Singapore, is reported in the journal Nature Climate Change.
The scientists pointed out that by 2100 average temperatures could rise by as much as 7C.

The trend could have a major impact on the burgeoning human population, making it harder to feed everyone

Why do I get the feeling the research just consisted of putting woolly socks into a washing machine and turning up the dial to see what happened?
Next week they will announce that mixing red and white animals together is not a good idea either.

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Why do I get the feeling the research just consisted of putting woolly socks into a washing machine and turning up the dial to see what happened?
Next week they will announce that mixing red and white animals together is not a good idea either.

The poo will hit the fan if they recommend separating the darks from the lights.

Erm if animals and plants all over the globe really are shrinking, then it would be reasonable to expect humans to be diminishing in size too.

If that's the case then the last bit, the one bit making it harder to feed everyone if the cows get smaller, makes no sense whatsoever.

Just think how big dinosaurs could have been if it hadn't been so warm for them!

Could our current giant wildlife have been spurred on to grow by the little ice age?

But isn't increased carbon in the atmosphere and increased temperature supposed to be GOOD for plants? We are after all a carbon based life form. And didn't I read in Form 4 Science that trees actually locked carbon and created oxygen; so if the problem is too much carbon or CO2 - the answer is simply Plant More Trees ( and stop cutting down the rain forests)

The Remittance Man beat me to it!!

" ... as a result of climate change acidifying the sea."
How many times must it be said that the sea is alkaline! Addition of small amounts of carbon dioxide has NOT made it acid. Indeed, since carbon dioxide is less soluble in warm water, warming the ocean will reduce the carbon dioxide and hence reduce the impact of higher atmospheric carbon dioxide on pH.

"The scientists pointed out that by 2100 average temperatures could rise by as much as 7C."
Or as little as 0 deg C. Or 2 deg C or 5 deg C or 17 deg C or ... who knows?

One final comment. During the Cretaceous the planet was so warm that there was NO ice at either pole. (Indeed, dinosaurs lived on Antarctica.) Hence, according to this paper, the dinosaurs would have shrunk, would they not? No. The biggest vegitarians and the biggest carnivores lived in the Cretaceous. Maybe they would have been twice as big if the temperature was cold - or maybe not.

Completely off the subject. What in the wide, wide world of sports went on with Liam Fox? Reading these stories in all the UK press is like being subjected to some kind of weird code. Is Liam Fox gay and he took his "partner" along on trips? Is that the subtext that no one seems to want to say? So his "friend" was present at meetings and wasn't paid directly by the MOD but was paid by contractors to the MOD?

Completely off the subject. What in the wide, wide world of sports went on with Liam Fox? Reading these stories in all the UK press is like being subjected to some kind of weird code. Is Liam Fox gay and he took his "partner" along on trips? Is that the subtext that no one seems to want to say? So his "friend" was present at meetings and wasn't paid directly by the MOD but was paid by contractors to the MOD?

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