Bird migration changes by climate change


This video is about female and male stonechats.

The Dutch Sovon ornithologists reported on 11 December 2015 about consequences of climate change for birds wintering in the Netherlands.

The numbers of hooded crows and twites wintering in the Netherlands have diminished greatly compared to decades ago. Probably because of climate change, stopping their autumn migration already when they are still north or east of the Netherlands.

Many redwings and fieldfares still winter in the Netherlands, but their numbers are diminishing as well. Redwing numbers in winter in Denmark are going up; many of these birds are not flying further south now.

Global warming also means some species are seen more often in winter in the Netherlands. These include green sandpipers and water pipits which used to winter farther to the south. Some chiffchafs and stonechats, Dutch breeding birds, now no longer go south in autumn.

New study confirms common birds are powerful indicators of threats from climate change. From Europe to the US the trends match as scientists expected, the data showing coherent and substantial changes in detriment to cold-adapted species: here.

Climate change conference in Paris, BirdLife comments


This 4 December 2015 video says about itself:

The latest video in our 60 Second COP series is, along with being slightly longer than 60s, featuring four members of our BirdLife Team here at COP21 (from left to right): Narendra Man Babu (from our Nepalese Partner Bird Conservation Nepal), Sebastian Scholz (from our German Partner NABU), Edward Perry and Melanie Heath (both from our BirdLife HQ in Cambridge). They’re giving us some brief thoughts on this first week of COP21.

More BirdLife comments on this conference are here.

This 4 December 2015 video says about itself:

60 Second COP – 2 – BirdLife’s The Messengers report presented at COP21

The second of our ’60 Second COP’ videos – BirdLife Director Melanie Heath tells us a little bit more about The Messengers, our climate change report launched today at COP21, and the panel discussion event we held to launch it:

The United Nations climate change summit commenced this past Monday with 150 heads of state and tens of thousands of representatives from national governments, businesses and the NGO industry converging on Paris. Despite its supposedly historic significance, the 21st Conference of Parties, or COP 21, promises little more than the previous 20 failed annual conferences. Regardless of whether a final agreement is reached, the most ambitious scenario demonstrates once again the inability to address climate change in any meaningful way under capitalism: here.

Pacific Island nations have told the COP21 ecological summit in Paris they are “bearing the brunt” of the effects of climate change. Some, such as Tuvalu, are less than four metres above sea level and face an existential threat due to rising seas. Pacific leaders called on the advanced nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming rises below 1.5 degrees centigrade, which scientists say is safer than the current agreed goal of 2C: here.