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Climate change factors into conservationist buys

October 21, 2008View for printing

Climate change is prompting some conservation groups to broaden strategy in buying pristine lands, recognizing that some may be under water in 50 years or undergo other drastic changes.

For the first time, land trusts and other conservationists are factoring in evidence that global warming is altering the migration of species, reconfiguring coastlines and transforming natural habitats.

"Natural habitat in one place now might move 100 miles in 50 years because of climate change," says Matt Shaffer of The Trust for Public Land. "It's hard to pinpoint where that migration is going to happen."

By Haya El Nasser, USA TODAY

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