Climate Change Bringing Venomous Snakes to U.S. Beaches

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    Jan 08, 2016 3:44 AM GMT
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    NYT: A species of highly venomous sea snake that made rare appearances on two California beaches in recent months has also been washing up thousands of miles away in Australia.

    Beachgoers reported seeing several of the yellow-bellied sea snakes, or Pelamis platura, which lead entirely aquatic lives usually in tropical waters, about 200 miles south of Sydney after a spell of stormy weather.

    The sightings in California, where the appearance of the snake is far more unusual, have also been linked to weather patterns.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/science/yellow-bellied-sea-snake.html
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    Jan 09, 2016 9:00 PM GMT
    How do they know that it is "climate change" and not just natural migration of certain speciesicon_question.gif
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    Jan 10, 2016 9:31 PM GMT
    The phrase "climate change" does not appear in the article. It does say that this year's El Niño weather pattern is likely the immediate cause. Also, two tropical sea turtles have washed up in Oregon in the last month. Or at least, two that were seen and "rescued."
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    Jan 11, 2016 3:07 AM GMT
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    To be fair and understanding towards the OP, neither is there indication that he purposely mislead anyone--he could simply have gotten confused as there have been stories about migration patterns with regard to climate change--nor for all we know is it definite that climate change might not have contributed to the El Niño conditions which then affected the weather patterns.

    I haven't read through this but just to google quickly to see if my guess might have some relevance...
    http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v4/n2/full/nclimate2100.html
    Increasing frequency of extreme El Niño events due to greenhouse warming...

    ...Here we present climate modeling evidence for a doubling in the occurrences in the future in response to greenhouse warming...The increased frequency arises from a projected surface warming over the eastern equatorial Pacific that occurs faster than in the surrounding ocean waters13, 14, facilitating more occurrences of atmospheric convection in the eastern equatorial region...

    So for all we know, for whatever science might yet know, he might have been correct even if none of us, including himself, knew it.

    So even if he wasn't simply confused, he might have been correct, even if by chance, even if you want to argue only a possible indirect cause. But none of that amounts to patently falsifying a topic.