8 Signs the Animal Kingdom Is in Trouble

On land, at sea, and in sky, planet's woes threaten inhabitants
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2008 3:20 PM CDT
8 Signs the Animal Kingdom Is in Trouble
Penguins face the threat of global warming, oil pollution, depopulated fisheries, as well as coastline development.   ((c) Marufish)

Biologists have mounting evidence that human activity is causing real damage to the natural world. LiveScience lists overlooked indications that things are seriously out of whack.

  1. Earlier migration: Several bird species are getting their timing wrong.
  2. Jellyfish rule: The creatures are hitching rides on ships.

  1. Food web contamination: Toxic pollutants are present in nine deep-sea species of cephalopods
  2. Heading for the hills: Reptiles and amphibians have fled to cooler climates, and extinction threatens as they run out of higher ground to colonize.
  3. Penguins in peril: A dangerous combination of factors threatens the sea birds.
To see the complete list, click the link below. (More penguin stories.)

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