On climate change and fire-breathing dragons

Given the recent climate-related discussion here on Sciblogs, paper from Nature seems highly appropriate…

Wed 1 Apr – Embargoed until 12:01 NZT:
Climate change to wake sleeping dragonsAn Australian and UK study has reported that increasing temperatures will result in an explosion of fire-breathing dragons around the world. The researchers say that dragon numbers declined during cool periods in history such as the so-called Little Ice Age but are likely to make a comeback as the planet warms. This suggests that New Zealand could become a targeted food source, due to its abundant supply of dwarves, elves and hobbits. Australian expert comments available. New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts. 

Yes, they even produced a paper on it…

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Ominously, they conclude:

Climatic conditions are rapidly reaching an optimum for breeding dragons, and it is only a matter of time before the neurotransfer spell loses its efficacy completely. Further research into fireproof protective clothing is highly recommended — as is an avoidance of honorific titles.

It nearly fooled a few journalists too!

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