Fact: The sex of some species of turtles is determined by the temperature of the nest: warm nests produce females, cooler nests, males. And although turtles have been on the planet for about 220 million years, scientists now report that almost half of the turtle species is threatened. Turtle scientists are working to understand how global warming may affect turtle reproduction. To bring attention to this and other issues affecting turtles, researchers and other supporters have designated 2011 as the Year of the Turtle.
- Turtle populations affected by climate, habitat loss and overexploitationWed, 2 Feb 2011, 9:04:49 EST
- Nesting site protection 'key to save turtles from climate change'Tue, 19 Feb 2013, 14:36:54 EST
- El Niño weather and climate change threaten survival of baby leatherback sea turtlesThu, 24 May 2012, 10:38:49 EDT
- Turtles' Christmas journey tracked by scientistsWed, 23 Dec 2009, 10:16:05 EST
- Scientists identify world's largest leatherback turtle populationSun, 17 May 2009, 19:42:14 EDT