A new study finds that climate change is threatening more than half the bird species in the United States. The National Audubon Society studied 588 bird species, including in Alabama. Of those, 314 could be forced to relocate as their habitats shift. Scot Duncan is an Associate Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College.
Scot Duncan: “We’re looking at a tremendous loss of birds, and some species entirely, leaving our neighborhoods and the places that we like to spend time.”
Alabama's attorney general is scheduled to testify to a Senate subcommittee in Washington in opposition to environmental regulations affecting coal-fired power plants.
A spokesman for Attorney General Luther Strange says he was invited by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to testify Wednesday at a meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. The subcommittee is focusing on climate change. Sessions is a member of the subcommittee.
The question of how to reduce the pollution that causes global warming is now a hot topic since new carbon limits were announced by the EPA earlier this month. Those proposed rules aim to reduce national carbon emissions from existing power plants 30 percent by the year 2030. In Alabama, the goal is 27 percent. The boom in natural gas could help, as could investments in renewable energy like wind and solar. Another method is what’s called “carbon capture.” Dr.