Dead Birds Washing Up by the Thousands Send a Warning About Climate Change

InsideClimate News | Jan 15, 2020 at 6:58 PM
  • David Irons was driving past a beach in Whittier, Alaska, on New Year’s Day four years ago when something caught his eye.
  • For almost a year, people had been reporting finding dead common murres up and down the Pacific coastline, from California to Alaska.
  • Like many of his peers, Piatt was aware that these deaths were happening at the same time that the ocean was experiencing a record high heat wave, exacerbated by a ridge of high pressure on the West Coast that scientists were calling “the Blob.”