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How Climate Change Shifts The Biology Of Ecosystems

04/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A team of scientists led by Stephen Thackeray, an expert on lake ecology at the United Kingdom's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, has combed through observations of more than 700 species of fish, birds, mammals, insects, amphibians, plankton and a wide variety of plants across the U.K. taken between 1976 and 2005, and found a consistent trend: more than 80% of "biological events"-- including flowering of plants, ovulation among mammals and migration of birds-- are coming earlier today than they were in the 1970s.

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