Climate Change Is Causing Mountain Goats To Shrink

Posted by Mike Confino, October 24, 2014

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Forget melting glaciers, acidifying oceans and changing weather patterns: climate change is now going after goats.

New research has found that climate change is causing mountain goats living in the Alps to shrink. The study, which was published Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Zoology, found that adolescent Alpine chamois mountain goats are significantly smaller than their peers were 30 years ago, weighing about 25 percent less than goats in the 1980s did. The researchers called this change in body mass over 3 decades “striking.” They also said the shrinking “appears to be strongly linked” with increased temperatures in the growing season of the goats’ Alpine habitats.

via Climate Change Is Causing Mountain Goats To Shrink | ThinkProgress.