Trends in the Diversity and Density of French Fish Populations During a Time of Unprecedented Global Warming: 1990-2009
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In the words of the three French researchers, "the results demonstrated that species richness increased steadily from the beginning of the monitoring period," congruent with the finding that "the number of species displaying a significant increase in spatial distribution or abundance was greater than those showing a significant decrease." In addition, they say that "these results are in agreement with recent findings which describe an increase in the number of species and density of fish communities in large French rivers over the past 25 years," citing Daufresne and Boet (2007). And they add that "predictions about the future distribution of 30 common fish species in French streams in 2008, suggested increases in local species richness and in occurrences of the majority of species (Buisson et al., 2008)," making a point of noting that "both studies described population growth of warm and cool water species in response to global warming [italics added]."
In light of such findingd, it is clear that over the past two decades, when climate alarmists claim the Earth warmed at a rate and to a degree that was unprecedented over the past millennium or two, the majority of French fish - plus some newcomers to the country's streams and rivers - actually found the supposedly deadly heat refreshing, as they increased in terms of both species numbers (diversity) and population size.
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