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Global warming may be affecting the size of sheep in Scotland, scientists have found. Over twenty-five years, they studied the Soay sheep on Hirta, an island in the Outer Hebrides, off Scotland.
They found that the sheep had shrunk by about 2cm (0.8 inches) and 81g (2.9oz) each year. This amounted to five per cent of their body mass.
The sheep were completely unattended and it’s thought that the smallest lambs would usually die in the cold weather of early spring. However, as spring is getting warmer, more of these lambs survive. Their ‘small’ genes then get passed to the next generation of sheep.
The recession is proving good for global warming. The UK’s largest cycle retailer, Halfords, has announced that bike sales are booming for the second year in a row. Halfords, which sells a third of all new cycles in the UK, has reported bike sales of one million to the year ended 31st March 2009 for the second consecutive year.
Commuters have been driving cycle sales, helped by the government’s ‘cycle to work’ incentive scheme.
But the recession is not the only reason for the increase in cycling. It has also been receiving good publicity with the gold medal successes of the Team GB cycling team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.