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Climate Change Will Significantly Increase Impending Bird Extinctions

Stephen Schneider, the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute and a major contributor to the IPCC reports, also was a co-author, along with John Fay and Scott Loarie of Duke University.

By 2100, climate change could cause up to 30 percent of land-bird species to go extinct worldwide. In Costa Rica, toucans normally confined to lower elevations are colonizing mountain forests, where they compete with resident species for food and nesting holes, and prey on the eggs and nestlings of other bird species. (Credit: iStockphoto/Steffen Foerster)

ScienceDaily (Dec. 7, 2007) — Where do you go when you’ve reached the top of a mountain and you can’t go back down?

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