Climate Change Will Keep Our Furry Friends (Too) Warm This Valentine's Day

02/14/2014 12:17 pm ET | Updated Feb 14, 2014

If nothing else gets you antsy about climate change, the prospect of animals getting hot and heavy and creating mutant spawn probably should.

From yellow-bellied marmots to painted turtles, the animal mating habits that evolved over the millennia to occupy very specific niches are changing dramatically. Some species are waking from hibernation too early, others too late. Still more are finding that unpredictably shifting temperatures and territories are dramatically reducing their chances at finding that special someone.

All of that uncertainty is creating some pretty weird new dating protocol in the animal kingdom.

As Climate Nexus journalist Josh Landis says in the video above, "Navigating this strange new world won't be easy, but one thing's clear: in a rapidly shifting climate, it doesn't pay to be picky." Watch the video to learn more.

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