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This is a story about bad timing.
One of the most disturbing ways that climate change is already playing out is through what ecologists call "mismatch" or "mistiming." This is the process whereby warming causes animals to fall out of step with a critical food source, particularly at breeding times, when a failure to find enough food can lead to rapid population losses.
It is one of the highest profile environmental events of the year. The lights plunged into darkness on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sydney's Opera House, the Kremlin in Moscow and even the world's tallest building, Dubai's 200-storey Burj Khalifa.
Last Saturday evening, organizers claimed that millions of people around the world recognized the threat to the world's environment by taking part in Earth Hour, shutting off the lights in giant buildings and in their homes.
Earth Hour has become a motherhood event in most parts of the developed world but, as with many perceived progressive activities, there are questions about how much it accomplishes and whether it is a productive event.