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Northern hemisphere sees in early spring due to global warming

arctic cotton grass
Arctic cotton grass grows on Greenland’s seashore. Sedge is almost four weeks ahead of its timetable 10 years ago. Photograph: Pearl Bucknall/Alamy

Spring is sprung 26 days earlier than a decade ago, causing problems for the natural cycle of plants and wildlife, Climate News Network reports

March 1, 2017 — Spring is arriving ever earlier in the northern hemisphere. One sedge species in Greenland is springing to growth 26 days earlier than it did a decade ago. And in the US, spring arrived 22 days early this year in Washington DC. Continue reading Northern hemisphere sees in early spring due to global warming

At least 3,000 geese killed by toxic water from former Montana copper mine

geese in montana copper mine
‘They need to be prepared, and they’re not prepared,’ said a former Montana lawmaker-turned activist. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Incident raises questions about how Trump’s administration would the country’s largest Superfund site from leaking its poisonous mix into other waters

January 24, 2017 — At least 3,000 geese were killed by a toxic stew formed by a former copper mine in Butte, Montana, this weekend, raising questions about how the new Trump administration will handle the largest Superfund site in the country. Continue reading At least 3,000 geese killed by toxic water from former Montana copper mine

Over half of world’s wild primate species face extinction, report reveals

a few of the primates listed as endangered or critically endangered
Just a few of the primates listed as endangered or critically endangered. Top row l-r: brown-headed spider monkey, chimpanzee, Western gorilla; Bottom row l-r: Bornean orangutan, Siau Island tarsier, ring-tailed lemur. Composite: Alamy and Getty Images

Researchers warn of approaching ‘major extinction event’ if action is not taken to protect around 300 species, including gorillas, chimps, lemurs and lorises

January 18, 2017 — More than half of the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and lorises are now threatened with extinction as agriculture and industrial activities destroy forest habitats and the animals’ populations are hit by hunting and trade. Continue reading Over half of world’s wild primate species face extinction, report reveals

Europe should expand bee-harming pesticide ban, say campaigners

bees and other organisms
Neonicotinoid pesticides pose significant risks to bees and other organisms, say researchers. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

The threat posed to bees by neonicotinoid pesticides is greater than perceived in 2013 when the EU adopted a partial ban, new report concludes

January 12, 2017 — Europe should expand a ban on bee-harming pesticides in light of a new report warning of widespread risks to agriculture and the environment, Greenpeace has said.  Continue reading Europe should expand bee-harming pesticide ban, say campaigners

Quokka escapes Rottnest Island on garbage barge, sparking fears for survival

authorities fear an escaped quokka will not survive
Authorities fear an escaped quokka will not survive an encounter with a car or large predator. Photograph: Taronga Zoo

Search under way after marsupial startles recycling centre worker who thought it was a large rat

January 12, 2017 — Authorities in Western Australia are searching for a quokka that apparently escaped Rottnest Island in a rubbish bin and reemerged on the mainland, startling a recycling centre Continue reading Quokka escapes Rottnest Island on garbage barge, sparking fears for survival

Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

elephants heading towards a waterhole
Elephants heading towards a waterhole in Hwange national park. Photograph: Alamy

Boreholes set up by local conservationists are saving drought-stricken elephants in Hwange national park

January 11, 2017 — As a drought-inducing El Niño settled over southern Africa in 2016, the animals of Hwange national park in Zimbabwe faced desperate water shortages.  Continue reading Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss

meadow pipit have disappeared from sites in the south of england
Meadow pipit have disappeared from sites in the south of England. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Rising temperatures and crop farming mean birds are disappearing from parts of England, says study, while butterflies and dragonflies are faring better

January 11, 2017 — Climate change has already led to the vanishing of some bird species in parts of England, where intensively farmed land gives them no room to adapt to warming temperatures. The Continue reading Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss

How warming seas are forcing fish to seek new waters

bangladesh’s national fish, hilsa is displayed for sale in the wholesale fish markets
Bangladesh’s national fish, Hilsa is displayed for sale in the wholesale fish markets in Dhaka. Photograph: Shafiqul Alam/Corbis via Getty Images

Rising sea temperatures are pushing shoals hundreds of miles from native grounds

January 8, 2017 — Scottish fishermen have uncovered an intriguing way to supplement their income: they have added squid to the menu of marine creatures they regularly pull from the sea. A species Continue reading How warming seas are forcing fish to seek new waters

Climate change driving birds to migrate early, research reveals

birds with long migrations
Birds with long migrations are expected to suffer most, as other species reach breeding grounds before them. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

A University of Edinburgh study finds birds are arriving at breeding grounds too soon, causing some to miss out on food

December 30, 2016 — Migrating birds are responding to the effects of climate change by arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, research has found. Continue reading Climate change driving birds to migrate early, research reveals

The Guardian view on climate change: bad for the Arctic

the movement of reindeer during selection and calf labelling
A Sami woman observes the movement of reindeer during selection and calf labelling near the village of Dikanaess in northern Sweden. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Warmer winters may seem good for Arctic animals. In fact they can be deadly

December 30, 2016 — Not even donkeys get a worse deal in popular culture than the reindeer. Rabbits, mice, cats and even bears all have their distorted images in cartoons, but all of them show some Continue reading The Guardian view on climate change: bad for the Arctic