Nature, the British peer review science journal reported on November 15 that Canadian atmospheric researchers have found that migratory Arctic seabird droppings from Puffins and other species produce so much ammonia that, combined with the natural sulfuric acid produced by biologic activity in the warming ocean, produce tiny particulates which affect the cloud albedo (measure of reflection) so much above large Arctic seabird colonies near Alert, Nunavut, Canada that it actually helps cool the Arctic
Climate change deniers
Despite what President Elect Donald Trump and EVERY single Republican member of the U.S. Congress say, every country in the world and nearly 100% of scientists say that global ##climate change due to increasing temperatures related to anthropogenic (human) activities are causing a global average temperature change leading to droughts and other major changes including increased number and intensity of storms as well as ocean level rise.
The Arctic has warmed more rapidly than any other part of the globe over the past half-decade in part because the region has a very delicate eco system but one which is not well understood. This study is the first to show that there is a coupling between the numbers of migratory Arctic seabirds and cloud cover in the Arctic, as a result of the bird crap producing ammonia (NH3) which alters the reflectivity of clouds in the region. Despite the fact that between May and September tens of millions of breeding pairs nest in the Arctic the researchers also say this isn’t enough to counter global warming in the region.
Species extinction due to climate change could accelerate global warming
This newly discovered relation between bird droppings from migratory seabirds on the climate in the Arctic is another of many indications that the world's ecology is far from completely understood and any predictions as to whether climate change/global warming will soon be controlled by natural processes simply have no validity. We don't know enough to accurately predict anything except that if carbon emissions keep increasing, the global temperature will almost certainly go up and that as species become extinct due to climate change and other human activity, that may contribute even more to the problem. For example, even if some Arctic migratory seabird species becomes extinct that alone could provide the tipping point which makes global warming irreversible - scientists just don't know. #birds