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Wildlife suffers in extreme weather

Extreme Environment: London

Jan 27, 2007
Dramatically changing weather in London has given rise to anxieties for early-bird wildlife. The past seven days have seen the conditions lurch from warm and sunny to gale-force winds and finally sub-zero temperatures and snow. The prolonged mild spell during December and early January saw many frogs, newts and toads out and about instead of in their usual hibernation. They could now be caught out by the plunging temperatures. "Male common newts have been seen in the ponds in their full breeding colours and doing their mating dance since December, which is around two months earlier than usual...The extent to which the population will be affected all depends now on how long it lasts. But it isn't just the amphibians that will be struggling, mammals such as hedgehogs are also likely to be affected." Marsh marigolds have also been in bloom since December, when they normally flower in February. Robins and sparrows have been spotted searching for nesting sites several months too early.

Breaking News From the BBC Weather Center
Jan 28, 2007
The affects of climate change aren't going to be restricted to humans. The possible dangers for plants and animals throughout the world are a great concern to environmentalists. Birds, fish, and land-based animals are all going to be under threat as their habitats and climate alter. Plants, trees and shrubs are also going to have to adapt.

Dr. Ute Collier from the World Wildlife Fund says the species in our environment will change.

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