Whale songs and war: The less talked-about climate impacts

  • FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017 file photo, Fidelio Desbradel and his wife Leonor Desbradel, of the Dominican Republic, take a selfie in front of a Tulip Magnolia tree in Washington. Crocuses, cherry trees, magnolia trees were blooming several weeks early because of an unusually warm February. Climate Change is more than rising thermometers, wildfires, droughts and storms; it even has a hand in altering whale songs, flowering plants and civil war. “There are hundreds of changes of the flowering of plants, the leafing out of trees, the migrations of birds” that can be attributed to climate change, said Boston University biologist Richard Primack. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

  • FILE - In this June 5, 2014, file photo, a man rides a bicycle through a part of Homs, Syria, devastated by the country’s civil war. Climate Change is more than rising thermometers, wildfires, droughts and storms; it even has a hand in altering whale songs, flowering plants and civil war. Numerous studies have said it was a factor in record setting drought in Syria- one of several causes of the country’s civil war that triggered a massive refugee crisis. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)

  • This Jan. 6, 2010 photo provided by CNRS-UBO-IUEM Geosciences Ocean, shows a fin whale, foreground, and tabular drifting iceberg near Antarctica. Climate Change is more than rising thermometers, wildfires, droughts and storms; it even has a hand in altering whale songs, flowering plants and civil war. Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. (Jean-Yves Royer/CNRS-UBO-IUEM Geosciences Ocean via AP)

WASHINGTON — Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. In California, a big college football rivalry game was postponed until Saturday because of smoky air from wildfires. And Alaskan shellfish were struck by an outbreak of warm water bacteria.

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