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2010 Science News of the Year: Life

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1:52pm, December 17, 2010


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Warming changes how and where animals live
New concerns have emerged about how climate warming might challenge animals and change the way they go about their lives. For example, a coalition of lizard specialists suggests that by midcentury a third of lizard populations won’t have enough time for foraging or other vital pursuits simply because they’ll have to spend long stretches cooling off in shady refuges (SN Online: 5/13/10). Overall, organisms such as lizards that depend on their environment to regulate body temperature — those often referred to as cold-blooded — may get a disproportionate jolt in the tropics. A temperature uptick has more metabolic impact on lizards living in already hot climates, researchers report, with effects that coul

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