Thursday, October 16, 2008

CLIMATE CHANGE MAY KILL OFF KANGAROOS

Daily Green - A new study published in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology predicts that at 2-degree (C) rise in temperature will eliminate 48% of kangaroo habitat, while a 6-degree increase would leave just 4% of the iconic hopper's range intact. By the end of the century, a two-to-six degree temperature increase is within the range expected under various climate change scenarios, possibly even if strong action is taken to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. The biggest effect will be seen in Northern Australia, where increased drought will dry up watering holes and pasture that the animals require.