Friday, May 09, 2008

Koalas affected by climate change ...

Read the Science Daily article here.

From the article:
Professor Hume's group have shown in the laboratory that increases in CO2 affect the level of nutrients and 'anti-nutrients' (things that are either toxic or interfere with the digestion of nutrients) in eucalypt leaves. Anti-nutrients in eucalypts are built from carbon and an increase in carbon dioxide levels will favour the production of anti-nutrients over nutrients.
Biology is sometimes very finicky. Just because humans are capable of adapting to wide changes in environmental conditions doesn't mean other species can as well. I think a lot of people don't contemplate that reality.

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