Planet Watch: Floods And Fires? They're Just The Beginning Of

El Nino's Impact

From relentless rains to devastating droughts, the effects of the climate upheaval known as El Nino are still being felt. Last week, for example, out-of-control forest fires in rain-starved Mexico continued to send clouds of smoke into the U.S., spreading haze from Houston to Denver. But if El Nino's immediate impact on people has been hard to miss, there are equally important, if less obvious consequences for wildlife. In the oceans as well as on land, many animals are struggling to find enough to eat, while others--including disease-bearing rodents and insects--are unexpectedly flourishing.

--By J. Madeleine Nash

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