Reduce Global CO2, or all the Cuddly Koala Bears will Die

She won’t have to look hard with her $5 million dollars of tax payer funds to find a koala to study, with Australia undergoing ‘culling’ programs to reduce, not declining but soaring numbers…

Watts Up With That?

"Koala climbing tree" by Diliff - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.Koala climbing tree” by DiliffOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

A professor has received a $5 million grant, to investigate whether rising CO2 and predicted endless drought will make the Koala’s Eucalyptus leaf diet too toxic for them to eat.

… The koala could soon be even more endangered than at present, if it turns out that climate change alters the nutritional value of the only food it can eat—Eucalypt leaves. Assistant Professor Elizabeth Neilson from the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences from University of Copenhagen has received a $5 million grant from the Villum Young Investigator Program for the search of how the chemical structure of the leaves is disrupted.

“We are going to investigate how two distinct results of climate change, drought and elevated CO2 levels, affect the balance between nutrient and toxicant…

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