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Date: 2017-05-26 11:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fanf
I was puzzled by AA Milne's poem "The King's Breakfast" - marmalade instead of butter? Wat? Tho we had some childhood friends who were shocked that I put both butter and jam on bread - they were only allowed one topping at a time.

Date: 2017-05-26 12:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
If the reasons whales got bigger is partly to do with artic ice does this implay that when there is much less artic ice then there will be more evenly spread krill and smaller whales?

Date: 2017-05-26 03:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger
Krill is being fished by humans at the moment, and although (in some areas, at least) safe catch numbers are used, it is really hard to know how much krill is surplus to needs for marine life. Everything in the Arctic and Antarctic runs on krill; the food chain is extremely short, as in three or four steps (for example, phytoplankton->krill->penguin/fur seal->orca/leopard seal) and krill-eating animals are also being stressed by loss or degradation of habitat.

Krill won't "spread out more evenly." Swarms will become smaller and fewer and as waters warm they will probably vanish from some areas altogether. Phytoplankton, which krill consume, need cold water to grow, and the warming, more acid ocean means those too are threatened. Although polar ocean wildlife is highly mobile, traveling farther for food uses energy and time and with krill-dependent birds and animals requiring land to breed, there is a limit to how far they are able to go for food when rearing young.

All in all, things don't look good for those two big ecosystems.

Date: 2017-05-28 03:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] armiphlage
There have been trials with using iron sulphate to promote phytoplankton blooms, which would increase krill stocks. I'm concerned that too much of that could have unforeseen impacts on other areas.

Date: 2017-05-26 03:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger
Honestly, crocodiles ought be at the top of the list of "animals that shouldn't be habituated to receiving food from humans."

Date: 2017-05-26 06:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calimac
As the link says, the jokes are for book nerds. The ones about authors I'd read I thought were very funny. The ones about authors I hadn't read I didn't get at all.

Date: 2017-05-26 11:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
I think it's lovely to be able to check out of being everyone's servant. I wonder what that's like.
Edited Date: 2017-05-26 11:52 pm (UTC)

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