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#2733684 - 10/21/14 07:00 PM Global Warming Horror
azmastablasta Offline
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Hadji recoils in horror...where will we find taller stumps???? Leave my hunka hunka burnin love alone.

Goats are SHRINKING because of climate change, researchers warn

Alpine goats now weigh about 25 per cent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s
Higher temperatures also affecting how the Chamois goat's behave

By Mark Prigg 14:24 EST, 21 October 2014

Goats are shrinking as a result of climate change, researchers have claimed.

They say Alpine goats now weigh about 25 per cent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s.

Researchers say it is a stark indication of how quickly climate change can affect animals.

They appear to be shrinking in size as they react to changes in climate, according to new research from Durham University.

The researchers studied the impacts of changes in temperature on the body size of Alpine Chamois, a species of mountain goat, over the past 30 years.

To their surprise, they discovered that young Chamois now weigh about 25 per cent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s.

In recent years, decreases in body size have been identified in a variety of animal species, and have frequently been linked to the changing climate.

However, the researchers say the decline in size of Chamois observed in this study is striking in its speed and magnitude.

The research, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council is published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology.

Lead author Dr Tom Mason, in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, at Durham University, said: 'Body size declines attributed to climate change are widespread in the animal kingdom, with many fish, bird and mammal species getting smaller.

'However the decreases we observe here are astonishing.

'The impacts on Chamois weight could pose real problems for the survival of these populations.'

The team delved into long-term records of Chamois body weights provided by hunters in the Italian Alps.

They discovered that the declines were strongly linked to the warming climate in the study region, which became 3-4oC warmer during the 30 years of the study.

The team believes that higher temperatures are affecting how chamois behave.

'We know that Chamois cope with hot periods by resting more and spending less time searching for food, and this may be restricting their size more than the quality of the vegetation they eat,' said Co-author Dr Stephen Willis.

'If climate change results in similar behavioural and body mass changes in domestic livestock, this could have impacts on agricultural productivity in coming decades.'

According to the authors, the future plight of the Chamois remains unclear.

Dr Philip Stephens, another co-author on the study, in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, at Durham University, said: 'The body mass of juvenile animals is critical to their ability to survive harsh winters.

'However, whether that becomes a problem will depend on the balance of future climate change between the seasons.'

The research suggests that declining body size is a result of changes in both climate and the density of animals.

To counter declining body size in future, the researchers say it might be necessary to maintain Chamois populations at lower densities than occur at present, perhaps through changes in hunting regulations.

Dr Mason added: 'This study shows the striking, unforeseen impacts that climate change can have on animal populations.

'It is vital that we continue to study how climate change affects species such as Chamois.

'Changes in body size could act as early-warning systems for worse impacts to come, such as the collapses of populations.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a...l#ixzz3Gp6Yf3EB
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#2733694 - 10/21/14 07:17 PM Re: Global Warming Horror [Re: azmastablasta]
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wow!


could not have been any other factors to consider. a really scientific assessment!

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#2733701 - 10/21/14 07:29 PM Re: Global Warming Horror [Re: azmastablasta]
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Alpine goats now weigh about 25 per cent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s


Hate to burst their bubble, but it is more likely due to inbreeding.

Or, maybe it is just evolution in that, due to the downsizing of automobiles, there is no longer a need for full sized auto chamois??

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#2733721 - 10/21/14 07:55 PM Re: Global Warming Horror [Re: azmastablasta]
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Is everything coated in BS now? Makes as much sense as making gas out of corn syrup and sending crude overseas. Cattle are not smaller. Horses are not smaller. Brains however must be smaller.
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#2733748 - 10/21/14 08:44 PM Re: Global Warming Horror [Re: azmastablasta]
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Stupefying. Buttttt if it starts working that way we should see what affect it has on humans, a good place to study it would be the isles in Walmart.
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#2733749 - 10/21/14 08:47 PM Re: Global Warming Horror [Re: azmastablasta]
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if it spreads to the sheep...

the horror!!!
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#2733750 - 10/21/14 08:54 PM Re: Global Warming Horror [Re: Stu Farish]
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Originally Posted By: Stu Farish
if it spreads to the sheep...

the horror!!!


male penis enlargers may become in fasion again!! w00t
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#2733887 - 10/22/14 07:31 AM Re: Global Warming Horror [Re: azmastablasta]
kymailman98 Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
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So, global warming causes things to be smaller? Teetotal B.S.

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#2733924 - 10/22/14 10:24 AM Re: Global Warming Horror [Re: azmastablasta]
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Hate to burst their bubble, but it is more likely due to inbreeding.


lol My thoughts exactly just like the liberal brain

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#2733978 - 10/22/14 12:39 PM Re: Global Warming Horror [Re: azmastablasta]
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I wonder how it will affect the offspring of a ISIS freedom fighter with a goat?
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#2734209 - 10/22/14 10:13 PM Re: Global Warming Horror [Re: azmastablasta]
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'We know that Chamois cope with hot periods by resting more and spending less time searching for food, and this may be restricting their size more than the quality of the vegetation they eat,' said Co-author Dr Stephen Willis.


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The research suggests that declining body size is a result of changes in both climate and the density of animals.

To counter declining body size in future, the researchers say it might be necessary to maintain Chamois populations at lower densities than occur at present, perhaps through changes in hunting regulations.



Uhmmmm... c'mon guys, they told you what was going on, but they clouded it with the liberal climate change B_S_ to see if you were sleeping!

The goats are protected better than they used to be, efforts have been made to increase their numbers, those efforts were succesful, and they have overpopulated. They need to thin the herds, and the no-minded liberals are reluctant to admit that it's their fault, they're on to their next cause. Climate change has impacted this problem only in POSSIBLY allowing more forage and improving winter survival rates, thus increasing herd size. Because I'm pretty sure a goat that lives in Alpine Climates is smart enough to move up the hill when it starts to warm up, rather than lay in the shade and starve to death, waiting on a liberal to provide them with an EBT Card.
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