Climate Change Threatens Most Bird Species

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) — Climate change poses a threat to 93 percent of Hawaii’s bird species, said a report from ornithologists and environmental groups.

Birds on Pacific and Caribbean islands are more susceptible to climate change because of their inability to move to new locations, said the report titled “The State of the Birds: 2010 Report on Climate Change.”

Most mainland U.S. bird species also are threatened by climate change, including many that depend on Louisiana’s fragile coastline, said the report, warning the threat to birds could foreshadow similar threats to people.

“Because birds are good indicators of environmental conditions, their predicted changes illustrate how ecosystems are likely to change and they are telling us an important story,” the report said. “Some bird species will adapt and succeed, others will struggle and decline, and some will disappear.”

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