Climate change endangering U.S. salmon

January 7, 2008

Salmon in the Columbia River and other U.S. streams could face an uncertain future if global temperatures continue to warm, experts say.

Experts such as aquatic ecologist Robert Bilby say that with river temperatures increasing, the cold-water fish could soon find themselves fighting for survival, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Sunday.

Bilby, who helped assess the changing climate's impact on the U.S. salmon population, said the appearance of more than 100 dead salmon in a tributary of the Columbia was a warning sign.

"With a warming climate, these are the sorts of things we will probably see more of," Bilby said. "We're talking about the survival of a cold-water fish in warming conditions."

The Independent Scientific Advisory Board said that by the year 2040, river temperatures are expected to increase by nearly two degrees overall.

The Oregonian said a similar fate is facing cold-water-loving trout in the northwestern United States.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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3 / 5 (2) Jan 07, 2008
I really don't know why Physorg prints this sort of garbage. The basic message is "Wowzie! If the climate gets hot the rivers are going to get hot, too, and if the rivers get hot the fish are going to die."

The whole message is predicated on the whole gospel of the Church of Anthropomorphic Global Warming. :-/
1 / 5 (2) Jan 07, 2008
Any given day in the last 5 billion years "climate change" has affected one species or another negatively. How stupid, typical "sky is falling" drivel from the "scientific" community. Get a life... In other news, very nearly 40% of all sick days are taken on Monday or Friday, a recent study showed! Congress is holding hearings to investigate. It is believed the Bush administration may have played a role. Stay tuned for updates...

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