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  •  Good diary but the NYT article needs more data (19+ / 0-)

    It's one thing to just state that birds are moving north and attribute it to climate change.  Undoubtedly that is happening, but it's not ALL that's happening.  There are other reasons that bird ranges expand northward--particularly birds that are responsive to human-provided food and habitat such as Northern Cardinals.  There are also reasons why data might show ranges expanding northward that are related to trends and biases in both observation and reporting.  Also, are we talking about a northward shift in breeding ranges or wintering ranges?  

    Please don't mistake me for a climate change denier--I'm not.  Not by a long shot.  I think climate is likely a very important factor in these observed changes.  However, it's more nuanced than that and if we fail to acknowledge that, we open up opportunities for the wingnut deniers to poke holes in scientific conclusions.  

    The other problem with this is it opens the topic up to the idea that, "Well, climate change isn't so bad...see, the birds just go north!"  Problem is, it really doesn't work that way AT ALL for a whole bunch of reasons and we don't want an oversimplified article to send that message.

    I know there is a need for the NYT to summarize for considerations of space and reader accessibility, but the article has some sweeping generalities that should be parsed a little and presented in more detail.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 04:26:02 PM PDT

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