In my previous post about the state of birds in the world, the video interview mentioned that we’ve already lost 10 bird species in Hawaii to extinction – a sad report indeed. So I figured I’d share with you a teeny, tiny, thin silver lining on climate change and species survival. In September, the Washington Post reported on a study by researchers at Dartmouth College and UVA. These researchers found that some species of lizard seem able to adapt and function at higher temperatures. Previously, researchers didn’t think tiny lizards could adapt their behavior so quickly to changes in temperature, but they found evidence that little brown anolis in the Bahamas can adjust.
Just figured you might need a little mid-week environmental silver lining! (photo: Christian Cox, Washington Post)