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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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Obama Says Polar Bear Threatened, Not Endangered

Polar bears are threatened, not endangered

The Obama administration is sticking by the Bush administration's decision that polar bears are threatened by global warming, rather than in imminent danger of extinction.

In court papers filed Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the animal isn't endangered under federal law.

As long as it's in the polar bears' best interest and not because the title of "endangerment" would increase protections and make oil and gas exploration more difficult to access in the arctic.

We don't think animal activists or environmentalists will be happy about this decision.

A lawyer for an environment group has already called the decision "a lump of coal for the polar bear."

Sad.

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Whales Will Help Measure Global Warming

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Narwhals, known for their long tusks, which are actually teeth, have been chosen to help scientists research global warming.

Since these whales make very deep dives, scientists have attached sensors to them to record ocean depths and temperatures.

Narwhals continue to feed and swim even in the harsh winter weather. This is the time when scientists have not been able to do much research due to the chill.

These scientists were able to fill in a few gaps in their data. Thanks to the whales, they found out that on average their ocean temperature measurements were almost a full degree greater than those in climatology data.

These specific Narwhals in Baffin Bay, near West Greenland, were chosen due to the conditions of Baffin Bay. It is right next to Greenland where slabs of ice are breaking off and sliding into the ocean.

Thanks for your help whales!!

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Ocean's Most Abundant Food Disappearing

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Plankton Disappearing!

Ugh oh, the world really is falling apart!

As a kid, if you ever watched The Magic School Bus, you probably heard of phytoplankton. It's the stuff that keeps the oceans running. It's an oxygen supplier and major food source for the world, but for some reason, it keeps disappearing.

Phytoplankton makes up half of all plant matter around the globe, but since 1950, has dropped 40%! Half the world's plant matter!? If phytoplankton is dropping that much and we're still chopping down the rain forests, aren't we going to run out of oxygen!?

Some recent satellite images have shown the ocean turning from green to blue as a result of phytoplankton declines. Yikes!

With less phytoplankton around, fish have less to eat. As the decline works its way up the food chain, fishermen will have less to catch and fish-eaters less to eat. So fish will starve, then we'll have no fish to eat!

Scientists think the whole issue is caused by warming climates. Damn you global warming!

We have to try and reverse this! People say blue oceans are "so beautiful," but blue means they're full of nothing! No animals, no plants - NOTHING!

Lets take care of our friends in the oceans and fix this!

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Walruses Come Ashore Due To Melting Sea Ice

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Due to the effects of global warming, tens of thousands of walruses have come ashore in Alaska.

The ice they usually rest on has melted. Walruses can be seen "for one mile or more. This is just packed shoulder-to-shoulder," sajd U.S. Geological Survey biologist Anthony Fischbach.

Although there may be enough food for all of them, scientists are concerned about the one-ton females stampeding each other and their smaller calves.

"When they no longer have a place to rest, they need to go some place and it's a long commute," said Fischbach. "This is directly related to the lack of sea ice.

The federal government is determining whether walruses should be put on the endangered species list.

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