climate canary love

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  • noun A species that is affected by an environmental danger prior to other species, thus serving as an early warning system for the other species with regard to a danger.

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Similar to the miner's canary, from which the term is derived.

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  • An organism or species whose poor health or declining numbers hint at a larger environmental catastrophe on the horizon. -- from the American Dialect Society's 2006 "Most Useful" list

    February 27, 2008