"It's Not Just Eskimos in Bikinis: Climate Helter-Skeltor in the Lower 48"
This early essay was published at Tomdispatch.com after Tom Englehardt asked me to look at climate chaos outside the Arctic areas where it gets the most attention. It is about how timing in ecological relationships is so important. Hibernators have to wake up when the food is ready for them to eat, pollinators need to be there when the flower blooms, and migrators have to get where they are going when their food is also there on time. Many species are moving north or moving up in altitude as their traditional habitats grow warmer. These kinds of shifts in nature happen all the time but in much longer time frames in the past than today. Whether speices can adapt new behaviors and adjust so quickly is the key question. Let's hope extinction is not the answer.
This is the version that appears at Common Dreams. http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0606-34.htm