Apropos of Nothing

May 10, 2008

Headline of the Year (so far)

Filed under: Newsworthy — aproposofnothing @ 12:13 am

Great tits cope well with warming

By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News website

Food for hungry mouths

At least one of Britain’s birds appears to be coping well as climate change alters the availability of a key food.

Researchers found that great tits are laying eggs earlier in the spring than they used to, keeping step with the earlier emergence of caterpillars.

Writing in the journal Science, they point out that the same birds in the Netherlands have not managed to adjust.

Understanding why some species in some places are affected more than others by climatic shifts is vital, they say.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) commented that other species are likely to fare much worse than great tits as temperatures rise.

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