This Gutsy Move by EPA Is Going to Be Good for All of Us ... and Our Feathered Friends

June 2, 2014 1:01 PM

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We've known since 1990 that emissions from coal-fired power plants are harming both people and birds. Loons, Ospreys, and Bald Eagles have been getting a heaping serving of mercury with their fish from streams tainted by power plants. Songbirds take the hit in their nervous systems. Mercury and metal poisoning disrupt bird mating, breeding, and parenting, and impact the health of hundreds of bird species across the Americas.

Scientists have proven that warming trends driven by another type of pollution -- greenhouse gas carbon pollution -- have already disrupted bird migration patterns across the country. As a result of climate change, nearly 60 percent of the 305 species found in winter across North America have shifte...

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