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  • npat1
    ... Çonservationists have relied on nature reserves including national parks and biological hotspots to save species from extinction. That had been a
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 14, 2006
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      �onservationists have relied on nature reserves including national
      parks and "biological hotspots" to save species from extinction.
      That had been a reasonable approach until climate started forcing
      species to move.
      Lance Olsen
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      ".... existing conservation programs do not provide sufficient
      protection, as bird species often shift into unprotected zones, the
      report said."
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      The Age www.theage.com.au
      November 14, 2006 - 7:13AM

      Nearly three-quarters of all bird species in north-east Australia and
      more than a third in Europe could become extinct unless efforts to
      stop global warming are stepped up, a report said today.

      The warning comes as Australia was named among the worst 10 countries
      protecting against climate change.

      Up to 72 per cent of bird species in north-eastern Australia and 38
      per cent of bird species in Europe could disappear completely if the
      planet's temperature continues to rise, according to the
      international environmental group WWF.

      "This report finds certain bird groups, such as seabirds and
      migratory birds, to be early, very sensitive responders to current
      levels of climate change," WWF's director of climate change policy
      Hans Verolme said.

      "Large-scale bird extinctions may occur sooner than we thought," he
      said in Bird Species and Climate Change: The Global Status Report,
      released in Nairobi on the sidelines of UN climate change conference.

      "If high rates of extinction are to be avoided, rapid and significant
      greenhouse gas emissions cuts must be made," WWF said.

      Rising sea levels, changes in vegetation and altered temperatures are
      among the effects of climate change linked to greenhouse gas
      emissions that impact negatively on bird species worldwide, it said.

      In the Great Plains of North America, where up to 80 per cent of the
      continent's ducks come to breed, three quarters may face extinction
      because of adverse global warming-related changes to their habitat,
      the report said.

      While the effects would be most significant if the earth's surface
      temperature rises two degrees celsius above its pre-industrial level
      - it is now 0.8 degrees above - some birds are already feeling the
      heat.

      The penguin population of the Galapagos Islands has decreased by half
      since the early 1970s, due to starvation and an inability to
      reproduce resulting from the effects of El Nino.

      While migratory, mountain, island, wetland, Arctic, Antarctic and
      seabirds are all at high risk from climate change, other species that
      are able to move easily to new habitats will not be as badly
      effected, it said.

      Scientists also point out that existing conservation programs do not
      provide sufficient protection, as bird species often shift into
      unprotected zones, the report said.

      The report comes as negotiations at the 12th session of the UN
      Framework Climate Change Convention enter their second week, with
      high-level officials and ministers from some of the 189 participating
      countries expected to attend.

      Delegates are hotly debating how to replace the Kyoto protocol, a UN
      treaty requiring industrialised countries to decrease emissions of
      greenhouse gas blamed for causing global warming, when it expires in
      2012.

      Meanwhile, Australia was ranked 47th on a list of 56 countries rated
      by environmental groups for the efforts in guarding against global
      warming. Sweden, the United Kingdom and Denmark were the three
      best-performing countries, according to Climate Action Network-Europe
      and Germanwatch.

      The Top 10:

      1. Sweden

      2. United Kingdom

      3. Denmark

      4. Malta

      5. Germany

      6. Argentina

      7. Hungary

      8. Brazil

      9. India

      10. Switzerland

      The Bottom 10:

      47. Australia

      48. South Korea

      49. Iran

      50. Thailand

      51. Canada

      52. Kazakhstan

      53. United States

      54. China

      55. Malaysia

      56. Saudi Arabia

      Source: Climate Action Network-Europe and Germanwatch.

      Copyright � 2006. The Age Company Ltd.

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