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Horses Used To Be The Size Of House Cats!!

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This may seem impossible but during a global warming event about 56 million years ago there was a huge release of carbon into the atmosphere and the oceans raised the average global temperature 10 degrees over the course of 175,000 years.

Mammals reacted to this increase in heat by shrinking in size generation after generation.

The earliest-known horse, Sifrihippus was a 12 pound little thing, about the size of a miniature schnauzer.

By the end of this period of extreme global warming the Sifrihippus had shrunk down to about 8.5 pounds and was about the size of a house cat.

A researcher said:

"This, for the first time, tells us that temperature is what's driving the body size evolution for these horses."

So many animals get smaller and evolve to cope with global warming. The problem is that the same amount of warming that happened over the course of 175,000 years could happen to us within a century or so!!

"While our study provides a measure of possible response to global warming — that is, getting smaller — in a sense that is the best-case scenario."

He continued to say that if animals can't evolve quickly enough (which would be very hard to do in only 100 or so years) they will most likely go extinct.

"It can only get worse, basically."

Well that's not very comforting news.

Maybe we should all take climate change a little more seriously.

Hybrids for everyone!

[Image courtesy Danielle Byerley/Florida Museum of Natural History.]

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Gorillas Impacted By Climate Change

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Gorillas in Rwanda are finding it harder to find food.

Climate change is forcing vegetation up the mountains, which is colder, and therefore, less comfortable for the gorillas.

Poor apes.

Check out the above video to learn more about how the Rwandan gorillas are being affected.

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Different Animal Species Are Shrinking

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Many different species of animals, like salmon, frogs, robins, squirrels and polar bears, are shirking in size according to a new study.

The authors of the study say that the shrinking is due to global warming but other experts say that they might be taking it too far and that it may just be natural changes.

Some plants have also been shrinking, such as corn, cotton and strawberries.

A co-author of the study said:

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CIA Global-Warming Intel Is "Classified"

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Two years ago, the CIA announced that it was creating a special center, dedicated to analyzing:

“[…]phenomena such as desertification, rising sea levels, population shifts and heightened competition for natural resources.”

A National Security Archive scholar requested some information from them under the Freedom of Information Act but was denied.

The CIA said:

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Celebs Back Global Green USA's "I AM" Campaign

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Global Green USA has released a new PSA to try and help make more people aware of their “I AM” campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to keep global warming in the public eye.

Many celebrities are backing the campaign, including Adiran Grenier, James Cameron, Orlando Bloom, Kevin Bacon and many more.

Mark Ruffalo said:

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