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One if by Land, Two if by Sea? Climate Change "Escape Routes"

Similar movement rates needed for animals and plants on land and in the oceans

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Image of fish in a coral reef.

Escaping climate change: one if by land, two if by sea? No, according to recent results.

Credit: Hugh Brown, SAMS


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Image of a school of tropical fish.

Similar movement rates are needed to stay ahead of climate change on land, in the oceans.

Credit: Hugh Brown, SAMS


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Image of a lobster's head.

Lobsters may need to keep up the pace to "out-run" the effects of climate change.

Credit: Hugh Brown, SAMS


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Image of a tropical fish feeding on algae.

Swimming as fast as I can: marine species, and those on land, are avoiding climate change.

Credit: Hugh Brown, SAMS


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Image of a moray eel in a coral reef.

The habitats of moray eels and other marine species are affected by global warming.

Credit: Hugh Brown, SAMS


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Image of two fish beneath coral and other fish swimming above.

In a twist, marine life off the California coast would need to move south, not north.

Credit: Hugh Brown, SAMS


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Cover of the November 4, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the November 4, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011


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