Mammals feel the heat

Scientists predict some animals won’t be able to keep up with Earth’s increasing temperatures

By Stephen Ornes, 13:15 PM June 5, 2012

It’s getting hotter: The average temperature on Earth has been rising for more than 200 years, with the steepest climbs in recent times. When our planet adjusts like this, so does everything that lives on it. In a new study, scientists from the University of Washington in Seattle set out to investigate how 493 different kinds of mammals might respond to Earth’s warming climate.

The researchers came back with grim news: Many mammals in the Western Hemisphere, which includes North and South...

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