What will climate change mean for California?

By Matt Weiser, Sac Bee

The songbirds at the feeder outside your window are not the same as they used to be. The goldfinch, the grosbeak and even the ever-present sparrow are all a little bit bigger.

The reason is climate change, according to a new study, which found that 70 bird species, all common to Central California, have evolved a longer wingspan and greater body mass over the past 40 years.

Scientists think such adaptations, in annual increments of less than a tenth of a percent on average, help birds cope with food shortages and stronger storms already triggered by climate change.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/20/4067839/what-will-climate-change-mean.html#ixzz1eGoJj3ah