Early flowers, new fish – late berries, few whales
On The Frontlines of Climate Change Conference – 23 July 2008

PARIS, FRANCE: A growing number of readers from around the globe have submitted to the Forum their observations of environmental shifts attributed to climate change. Highlights from some of these responses include changes in the flowering dates of Guernsey’s (an island in the English Channel) spring flowering wild flowers and changes in the behaviour of migrating birds; and later than usual berries and fish – at least one month behind the time when they usually are ready to eat – in the Queen Charlotte Islands in Canada. Basil Fernandez from Jamaica cautions that we must be careful not to take cyclic weather patterns as climate change. For example, between 2001 and 2007 the Caribbean has been having above average rainfall with increased groundwater storage and stream flow, but this is a cyclic pattern observed for over 100 years. Read the summary…