12 Jan '12, 7pm

Green Blog: For One Roaming Bird, Climate Change Is No Albatross

European researchers have identified a creature they say is benefiting from the effects of climate change: the wandering albatross of the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica. R.L. Pitman/Vireo The wandering albatross. The scientists, who report their findings in Friday’s issue of the journal Science, say that climate change has strengthened and shifted winds in the region over the last few decades. They say the stronger winds make life easier for the birds, at least for now, and even help them reproduce. The wandering albatross, whose 11-foot wingspan, the largest of any bird’s, enables it to soar for months over the cold ocean, feeds on fish, squid and other marine creatures that it scoops from the water with its hooked bill. In fact, as the naturalist E. Vernon Laux put it a decade ago in an article about an albatross that unaccountably turned up soaring over the ...

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