The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Baby Bird Deaths Point to Ecological Disruption

    Viewers watched in horror as a baby puffin starved to death on Maine Sea Island’s online “Puffin Cam.” At first the death was dismissed as natural, since 23 percent of baby puffins typically don’t survive to maturity. But on closer analysis, it seems that a fundamental change in the ecosystem meant that the baby puffin was only receiving plate-shaped butterfish, which it could not swallow. Normally baby puffins survive on tear-shaped hake and herring, but changes to ocean temperatures have significantly reduced their numbers, with the effects being felt along the food chain.

    Source: Mother Jones

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