Regarding all the dead animals, I offer this explanation...
Perhaps we are seeing, in addition to other factors that I'll get to in a moment, a spike in the media reporting of animal deaths combined with a random statistical cluster of coinciding events.
Now, what do I mean by "cluster?" Imagine throwing a handful of pennies in the air and observing the pattern of how they landed together on the floor. You won't find a bunch of evenly-spaced pennies, but instead you'll see them cluster together in groups more or less. Now, no sane person could sit there staring at the largest cluster and conclude that something must have drawn these pennies together. Reasonable people understand that sometimes things just land in clusters.
So not only do I propose that we're seeing one such cluster in the form of mass die-offs, but I also think that it's a relatively new trend for the 24-hour news orgy to feature such events as top news stories. All it takes is the first couple instances: Birds and Fish in Arkansas. Now, "mass animal deaths" is suddenly on the news radar, and a very hot topic online. Then come flooding in the reports of so many other deaths, but you'll find that most of these are less significant. Would dead turtle doves in Italy make front page news over here if in normal circumstances? Nope. Sweden? Forget about it. Similar deaths could have (and I wager they definitely did) happened last year and the year before. The difference now is that every time one pops up, it's big news.
Not that it shouldn't be big news, I welcome the serious reporting on cases where large amounts of animals suddenly die. They should be reported on and investigated. Which brings me to the third factor: Climate Change. While every case should be looked at individually, climate change (and this is science and logic, not propaganda) will cause deaths in the long run via a variety of avenues. These being weather, ocean acidification, food supply, atmospheric conditions, etc. I'm not saying that this spike in deaths (if it even really is a spike) is the new norm and CLIMATE-DEATH is here to stay. What I'm saying is that science tells us climate-death is on a slow and steady incline, and we're experiencing a statistical cluster in occurrences, accentuated by a hyper-active media.
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