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Climate change driving species to the Earth's poles faster than predicted

Warming temperatures are pushing land and sea creatures closer to the north and south poles and to cooler altitudes at rates faster than first predicted, scientists say. Scientists from 40 countries are gathering in Hobart for a four-day conference about how climate change is forcing species to move, including humans. Read the full story at ABC News

Species on the Move: Public Forum with scientists in Hobart

Join a team of international scientists to learn how climate change is impacting flora and fauna around the world. Plants and animals from the Arctic to oceans and on land are responding to warming temperatures, many by shifting where they live. This public forum in Hobart is your chance to ask scientists questions about the affects on natural ecosystems. And what does this mean for you? 

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Species on the move worldwide

MARINE biologist Gretta Pecl and a team of Hobart scientists have found themselves hard up against the perfect natural marine laboratory — the cool but warming waters of Tasmania’s East Coast.  With colleagues at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and CSIRO, their research to study the sensitivity of species to rapid climate change has clearly documented a significant shift southward in the fauna and flora inhabiting East Coast ...

Phytoplankton rapidly disappearing from the Indian Ocean

A rapid loss of phytoplankton threatens to turn the western Indian Ocean into an “ecological desert,” a new study warns. The research reveals that phytoplankton populations in the region fell an alarming 30 percent over the last 16 years.  A decline in ocean mixing due to warming surface waters is to blame for that phytoplankton plummet, researchers propose in Geophysical Research Letters.  Read the full story in Science News.

Can citizen science empower disenfranchised communities?

Over the past few years, there’s been an explosion of opportunities for ordinary people to collect data for researchers, and sometimes help analyze it. Platforms such as Zooniverse, Scientific American and SciStarter are all helping citizens (anyone who’s part of a community, in this context) connect with scientists and get involved with the process of scientific discovery. Read the full story here.

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