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Copenhagen: Animals in trouble, the 12 Species of Christmas

Caribou crossing. Photo by Flickr user Phillie Casablanca used under a Creative Commons License
Caribou Crossing

As world leaders convene during the 12 Days of Copenhagen, many animals are already in trouble due to climate change. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has identified 12 species looking for hope from the 12 Days of Copenhagen:

1 — Caribou. With rapid climate change impacting their circumpolar habitat, some types of reindeer, or caribou, have been pushed to the brink of extinction. Of 43 major herds that have been monitored during the past decade, 34 are declining; none so dramatically as the Peary caribou of the High Arctic, whose numbers have declined from some 50,000 in the 1960s to only 7,800 today.
IFAW recently petitioned the U.S. Government to list Peary and Dolphin-Union caribou under the Endangered Species Act. http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_united_states/media_center/press_releases/9_15_2009_57511.php
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Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
Under: Caribou, Cats, dogs, Elephants, Grizzly bear, Lions, Penguins, Polar bears, Sea turtle, Seals, Walrus, Whales | 1 Comment »

The poop on finding penguins: Follow the guano

Adele penguins, Antarctica. Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA
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This is simply too good to let pass. Enjoy. /Gary

From the Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Scientists looking for lost penguins stumbled upon an effective method: Follow their poop from space.

In remote Antarctica, about one-and-a-half times bigger than the United States, researchers have been unable to figure out just where colonies of emperor penguins live and if their population is in peril.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
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Global Warming: Will 2008 be one of the 10 warmest years on record?

Adeli penguins in Antarctica. Photo by Karl Nielsen
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Federal science agencies release annual temperature data, highlighting urgent need for action on global warming.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
Under: Antarctica, Global warming, Penguins | No Comments »