8 Signs the Animal Kingdom Is in Trouble

On land, at sea, and in sky, planet's woes threaten inhabitants
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser User
Posted Jul 21, 2008 3:20 PM CDT
Penguins face the threat of global warming, oil pollution, depopulated fisheries, as well as coastline development.   ((c) Marufish)
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(Newser) – Biologists have mounting evidence that human activity is causing real damage to the natural world. LiveScience lists overlooked indications that things are seriously out of whack.

  1. Earlier migration: Several bird species are getting their timing wrong.
  2. Jellyfish rule: The creatures are hitching rides on ships.

  1. Food web contamination: Toxic pollutants are present in nine deep-sea species of cephalopods
  2. Heading for the hills: Reptiles and amphibians have fled to cooler climates, and extinction threatens as they run out of higher ground to colonize.
  3. Penguins in peril: A dangerous combination of factors threatens the sea birds.
To see the complete list, click the link below. (Read more penguin stories.)