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Thursday, August 19, 2010

CBC News - Technology & Science - Climate change brings wasps to Baffin Island


 Source of Map:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_indicating_Baffin_Island,_Nunavut,_Canada.png

 To read an article which discusses the fact that scientists have found wasps on
Baffin Island, which suggests that "climate change" is occurring in the area,
click on the following link:

CBC News - Technology & Science - Climate change brings wasps to Baffin Island

"Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest island in the world, with an area of 507,451 km2 (195,928 sq mi) and has a population of 11,000 (2007 estimate). Named after English explorer William Baffin, it is likely that the island was known to Pre-Columbian Norse of Greenland and Iceland and may be the location of Helluland spoken of in the Icelandic sagas (the Saga of Erik the Red (Eiríks saga rauða) and the Grœnlendinga saga). "

"Baffin Island lies in the path of a generally northerly airflow all year round, so like much of eastern Canada, it has an extremely cold climate. This brings very long, cold winters and foggy, cloudy summers, which have helped to add to the remoteness of the island. Spring thaw arrives much later than normal for a position straddling the Arctic Circle; around early June at Iqaluit in the south-east to early/mid July on the north coast where glaciers run right down to sea level. Snow, even heavy snow, occurs at any time of the year, although is least likely in July and early August. Average annual temperatures at Iqaluit are around −8.5 °C (17 °F), compared with Reykjavík,[maps 10] around 5 °C (41 °F), which is at a similar latitude."
(source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baffin_Island )

"The Arctic is among the most fragile ecosystems on Earth; it is also under immense environmental pressure as the effects of global warming are felt most acutely at northern latitudes. With their diversity and potential for rapid population growth, arthropods (insects, spiders and their relatives) can serve as barometers of environmental change."

"The Canadian north is experiencing profound and irreversible changes due to global warming. No group of animals is as sensitive – or responds as rapidly – to changes in temperature as arthropods. However, recent anecdotal observations of southern insects colonizing the North (e.g., yellow jacket wasps on Baffin Island) fail to measure the intensity and extent of distributional changes over time. The approximately two million specimens collected during the first Northern Insect Survey offers an unrivalled opportunity to accurately gauge biotic changes (i.e., range expansions and contractions) in Canada’s north. Such knowledge is fundamental for developing predictive models about how biodiversity in the north will respond to global warming."

(Source:http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/bsc/news27_2/nis.htm )

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