Friday, January 8, 2010

Climate change could impact turtle gender: scientist


News article: ABC News Fri Jan 8

There are concerns climate change could affect turtles that travel from across the Asia Pacific to nest on islands off the north Queensland coast.
A group of scientists is today heading to Milman Island off Cape York to continue a long-term research project.
David Roe from the Sea Turtle Foundation says the animals' gender is determined by sand temperatures.
Researchers hypothesise that climate change could lead to a shortage of male turtles.
"Other dangers that we are more fearful about ... is that rising sea levels and increased storm frequency and ferocity which are also predicted through climate change can lead to the erosion of nesting beaches and indeed the swamping and destruction of turtle nests," he said.

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