Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Global warming has sparked a new buzz phrase – season creep.

A new survey of scientific studies from across the Northern Hemisphere documents the phenomenon.

Among the findings:

- Lilacs and honeysuckle bloom six to 10 days earlier than they did a few decades ago.

- Canada geese and robins arrive earlier in the spring.
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- Tree swallows lay their eggs nine days early.

- Plankton blooms occur earlier, disrupting the marine food chain.

The report attributes the change to the burning of fossil fuels – which puts carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases into the atmosphere – cranking up the earth’s thermostat.

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