Snowshoe hares can't keep up with climate change

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Global warming is turning a trait that was once a survival strategy into a disadvantage for the snowshoe hare. NPR reports on how the rabbit's color-changing coat is not longer in sync with the seasons. Have a listen below.

Last week, Chris Tackett wrote about how the smaller, local changes in the environment bring home the impact of global warming. The snowshoe hare is another small example of how changing weather is impacting the environment.

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Climate scientist and author Michael E. Mann pointed us to another species that's also suffering from shorter winters:

Snowshoe hares can't keep up with climate change
With fewer months of snowy weather, these rabbits are caught wearing the wrong coats.