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According to a new report released by the Audubon Society, over 350 species of birds are spending winters further north than they did 40 years ago. While there are other factors which cause birds to change their range, scientists believe that the only explanation for such a large number of species to move north is global warming. Over the past 40 years, temperatures in January have risen approximately 5 degrees Fahrenheit. With the warmer temperatures, the birds need less food to survive in the cold, allowing them to live in places that were previously inhabitable. Temperature changes have different effects of individual species, so while some birds may not travel as far south in the winter, others are traveling further north at the same time.
From the New York Times, here is another example of a community going green. Officials in Westchester County New York have started a program to collect excess cooking oil from restaurants to use an alternative fuel source to power county vehicles. In total, the county has over 130 vehicles which use cooking oil as either a single fuel source or combined with diesel. Aside from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using cooking oil to power county vehicles saves the government, restaurant owners and taxpayers money.