I was immediately drawn to this article because of its title. It discusses how a thriving population of squirrels have taken over Bodie, California, a gold-rush ghost town that is currently uninhabited by humans. Climate change has caused the forests to warm up, so the squirrels have ventured to this town in search of higher altitudes.
I would recommend this article because it's an interesting read and isn't something that people are generally aware of. We often think about how climate change is affecting us, but often don't think of how it affects animals, such as squirrels.
Transformed by British sailors in the 19th century, Ascension Island in the South Atlantic has a unique tropical forest consisting almost entirely of alien species.
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The title of this article immediately caught my eye as it discusses a remote island. We often forget that there is more to to the planet than just the major continents and that there are probably many islands that we don't know about. This article discusses Ascension Island, an island between Brazil and Africa and 1,000 miles away from land, and how a completely unnatural ecosystem has been created there. None of the plants or animals are native except for a few ferns which has caused a great deal of controversy among ecologists. I would recommend this article because it is an interesting read since it's such a bizarre situation that most people have most likely never heard of. Most of what we come across in nature is native to that area whereas on Ascension Island they have created their very own ecosystem. I have not yet decided whether I believe if this is ethical or not, but found the arguments made by various scientists very interesting.
The precipitous loss of native vegetation across the United States has led to a dramatic decline of insect populations.
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As the title indicates, this article discusses the issues with monarch butterflies. This was the first year in a very long time that they did not migrate to Mexico on the first of November which caused a great deal of questioning among scientists. While last year there was a record low of 60 million butterflies that migrated, this year there were just under 3 million. The article also discusses the diminuation of the wild bee and how serious this issue is as well. While pesticides are contributing to this issue, it has been suggested by scientists that the population of bees and monarchs would still be in danger without the influence of pesticides. The huge loss of native vegetation in the US is another contributing factor to this issue as many insects are losing their habitats. The vast expansion of farms in the US is one of the factors to this loss of vegetation as various pesticides are being used in order to produce as much as possible. The final paragraph of this article reiterates just how problematic the loss of the bees would be when Dr. Tallamy states that "if the bees were to truly disappear, we would lose 80 percent of the plants" and "that is not an option. That is a huge problem for mankind."
I would recommend this article because it explores two issues that many of us aren't aware of. It voices the insights of many different people and uses effective quotations that highlight the severity of the issues and makes the reader understand what is really happening.
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