Thumbs down: Climate unhinged
Yes, climate change is a natural phenomenon - at work since the primordial ooze first began to bubble. The warp speed at which that rate of change is increasing, however is driving grave concern. This month, scientific journal PLoS One published research from Indiana University that models changes in species habitat over the past 300 millennia and extrapolates those changes into the future, based on the mean annual temperature changes of at least 1.1 to 6.4 degrees Celsius over the next 90 years predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The study focused on timber rattlesnakes, but the researchers posit that the model can be applied to other species as well. "(A)t best these species' ranges will change more than 100 times faster than they have during the past 320,000 years," said lead author Michelle Lawing, a doctoral candidate in geological sciences and biology, in an announcement of the study's release.