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Study says global warming will hurt ducks

Postby h2ofwlr » Mon Nov 28, 2005 8:46 pm

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/20 ... m?csp=N007

Study says global warming will hurt ducks
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The gradual warming of the Upper Midwest could cut the duck population in half as early as 2050, according to a new study published in the journal BioScience.
The study looked at how climate change could affect the Upper Midwest, where North America's best duck breeding grounds are, over the next 50 to 100 years.

The area, known as the prairie pothole region, produces 50% to 80% of the continent's ducks and contains an estimated 5 million small ponds spread across the Dakotas, western Minnesota and Iowa, northeastern Montana and three Canadian provinces. Even though the area is notorious for wet and dry spells, it is large enough for waterfowl to adapt and migrate to other ponds with enough water and cover.

That would end if climate change increases average temperatures across the entire prairie pothole region, said Carter Johnson, a professor of ecology at South Dakota State University who co-authored the study.

He said most of the area would become too dry for ducks and other birds. Wetlands might remain only in the fringes of the region, in western Minnesota and northwestern Iowa, he said.

Johnson and researchers from Minnesota and Montana reached their conclusions after studying 95 years of climate data and using hydrologic models to simulate changes to the Northern Great Plains during this century.

Study co-author Glenn Guntenspergen, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Duluth, said the area would still have occasional wet years, but they would be much less frequent. That would lead to lower water levels, longer dry periods and no water for years in many shallow wetlands.

He said that if the most productive waterfowl breeding areas in the Dakotas become marginal, the next-best habitat for birds will be on the eastern and northern edges of the pothole region, including western Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.

Most wetlands have been drained and would need to be restored in those areas, he said, adding that he believes federal conservation managers may need to begin spending more money on wetlands restoration there.

The study's predictions left Duluth conservationist Dave Zentner dumbfounded. Zentner coordinated a rally for ducks, wetlands and clean water in April that drew an estimated 4,000 people to the state Capitol.

He said wetland losses should concern hunters and anyone else who cares about trumpeter swans, gulls, terns, bitterns, night herons and other wildlife that depend on wetlands.

"I would hope that duck hunters would take this seriously and realize that this is not far-fetched theory," he said. "This is a real threat and the country needs to develop policies for it."
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Postby pointimgdogs » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:34 pm

Bills like this could help! :smile: MCCAIN, LIEBERMAN ADD NEW TECHNOLOGIES PROVISION TO GLOBAL WARMING BILL
Senators Reintroduce Climate Stewardship Act With Alternative Technology Incentives For Immediate Release Thursday, May 26, 2005 WASHINGTON – Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) introduced today a modified climate change bill, the Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act. This legislation includes the provisions of the Climate Stewardship Act of 2005 introduced in February, along with new provisions to promote the development and deployment of low or zero greenhouse gas emitting technologies.

“This new title, when combined with the ‘cap and trade’ provisions of the previously introduced bill, will promote the commercialization of technologies that can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and increase the nation’s energy independence,” McCain said. “And, it will help to keep America at the cutting edge of innovation where the jobs and trade opportunities of the new economy are to be found.”

“We face an urgent and complex challenge -- cutting emissions of climate-changing gases like CO2 while growing our economy. Every technology, every innovation has to be on the table so that the market can choose the best ideas and inventions,” Lieberman said. “Senator McCain and I have developed a bill that shuns picking winners and losers between and among different technologies – we want the market to do that. Instead, our bill would create a system that puts every technological option on the menu to ensure that there will be viable low greenhouse gas emitting products and energy services available to face the challenge of climate change.”

"The technology provision, which will be added as “Title IV” to the Climate Stewardship Act of 2005, would use the financial resources generated by the emissions trading program that the legislation creates to provide incentives for the development of a variety of alternatives to conventional fossil fuel power production. These alternatives would include, but would not be limited to, solar, nuclear and integrated (coal) gasification combined cycle technologies, as well as more efficient products and vehicles, and a variety of alternative vehicle fuels that result in lower overall emissions.

“There is much that the country can and should do to promote the most environmentally and economically promising technologies,” McCain said. “This includes removing unnecessary barriers to commercialization of new technologies so that new plants, products, and processes can move more efficiently from design and development, to demonstration and, ultimately, to the market place. Again, without cap and trade, these efforts will pale, but the new technology title we propose will work hand in glove with the emission cap and trade system to meet our objectives.”

“By reintroducing the original climate bill with a new technology title, we are sending a signal to our Senate colleagues that the time is now and the opportunity is here to come forward and work with us to put together a package that works to get the politics, the economics and the policy right,” Lieberman said.

The Climate Stewardship Act, crafted by Lieberman and McCain in close consultation with industry leaders and the environmental community, is modeled after the successful acid rain trading program of the 1990 Clean Air Act. It would require a reduction in carbon dioxide emission levels to 2000 levels by the year 2010 by capping the overall greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity generation, transportation, industrial, and commercial economic sectors, and creating a market for individual companies to trade pollution credits.

McCain and Lieberman first introduced the legislation in 2002 and despite strong Senate support, the legislation fell short of passage in a vote in October 2003 on the Senate floor. The Senators have pledged to bring the legislation to another vote this year.

A summary of the newly introduced bill is available at: http://lieberman.senate.gov/newsroom/re ... ?id=238307

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Postby kiwismakebetterhunters » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:41 pm

Hmmmm touchey subject.
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Postby Rat Creek » Wed Nov 30, 2005 1:34 pm

Yep, very touchy. I read a study in the late 80s that stated the world as we know it would not exist in the year 2000 if we didn’t immediately move to save the oceans. Of course saving the oceans involved punishing US corporations. Ted Danson (sp?) was their world spokesperson.

I want all the global warming people to start with themselves. No more internal combustion engines (cars, buses, lawn mowers, chain saws). No more heat from gas or oil. Oh, and forget the electric heat (and A/C) because most of it comes from coal powered plants. Stop growing plants and grass because rotting materials put off greenhouse gases. If fact, it would be best if you stopped living. But try not to rot, because we need to save the earth.

Methane gas is a major greenhouse gas. It is a common byproduct of digestion for all creatures, especially after a Taco Bell run. Everyone stop doing that. And tell the animals and insects to stop it also. Remember, there is something like 5000 pounds of insects for every person on earth, and all are eating and methaning away.

Sens. McCain and Lieberman will need to stop riding in limos and flying in private jets. One private jet ride eats up as much fuel as a Hummer in a year. Prince Charles and his entourage burned tens of thousands of gallons of jet fuel coming to the US to tell us to work on global warming. He might want to stop doing that.

I conserve energy all the time, not to save the earth, but to save my money. :thumbsup:
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Postby gsphunter » Wed Nov 30, 2005 3:16 pm

Rat Creek wrote:Yep, very touchy. I read a study in the late 80s that stated the world as we know it would not exist in the year 2000 if we didn’t immediately move to save the oceans. Of course saving the oceans involved punishing US corporations. Ted Danson (sp?) was their world spokesperson.

I want all the global warming people to start with themselves. No more internal combustion engines (cars, buses, lawn mowers, chain saws). No more heat from gas or oil. Oh, and forget the electric heat (and A/C) because most of it comes from coal powered plants. Stop growing plants and grass because rotting materials put off greenhouse gases. If fact, it would be best if you stopped living. But try not to rot, because we need to save the earth.

Methane gas is a major greenhouse gas. It is a common byproduct of digestion for all creatures, especially after a Taco Bell run. Everyone stop doing that. And tell the animals and insects to stop it also. Remember, there is something like 5000 pounds of insects for every person on earth, and all are eating and methaning away.

Sens. McCain and Lieberman will need to stop riding in limos and flying in private jets. One private jet ride eats up as much fuel as a Hummer in a year. Prince Charles and his entourage burned tens of thousands of gallons of jet fuel coming to the US to tell us to work on global warming. He might want to stop doing that.

I conserve energy all the time, not to save the earth, but to save my money. :thumbsup:


:thumbsup: Rat Creek is right on.
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Postby Rat Creek » Wed Nov 30, 2005 5:23 pm

Thanks GSP.

I don't know about you, but our shallow duck club in Western Missouri is already frozen over. This is the earliest is has ever frozen. I could stand a little global warming right now. The weather is supposed to stay very cold for another week or more.
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Postby pointimgdogs » Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:07 pm

WOW! See It Is that easy to curb pollution! WE just get rid of Taco bell and politicians.
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Postby Citori12 » Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:40 pm

There is another theroy that we are going through a natural cycle also. Here in Colorado we have lost 46% of our playa's, and 40% of our public hunting in the last 10 years. Because of urban sprawl. The Army Corps of engineers requires no one to seek the go ahead to take playa lakes and bulldoze them unless they are in a major watershed then they are protected wetlands. Oh! here is the good one..they still let them bulldoze the wetlands as long as they are replaced in some cases. So we can trade a wild playa lake with waterfowl for a man made pond in the midst of expensive homes... There is alot that needs saving only in some cases we are doing it to ourselves.
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Postby duckjumper » Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:17 pm

Face it folks, global warming is a fact - whether we humans caused it or if it's natural doesn't really much matter, does it? If we didn't, there's nothing we can do. If we did, it is the result of 200 years of mucking about with the atmosphere thanks to the (obviously very useful) Industrial Revolution.

So in general reports like this one -- and there are a lot of them -- need to be taken seriously, even if only as something to plan for.

What do we do about it? Hard to tell. Lots of little things I'd imagine. And even then we won't see the results, our kids will (or our kids' kids) It's like planting a tree.

My 2 cents.

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