About 2,000 species examined are moving away from the equator at an average rate of more than 15 feet (five meters) per day, about a mile per year, according to new research published Thursday in the journal Science which analyzed previous studies. Species are also moving up mountains to escape the heat, but more slowly, averaging about four feet a year. The species mostly from the Northern Hemisphere and including plants moved in fits and starts, but over several decades it averages to about eight inches (20 centimeters) an hour away from the equator. The speed is an important issue, said study main author Chris Thomas of the University of York. It is faster than we thought. Its already affected the entire planets wildlife, Thomas said in a phone interview. Its not a matter that might happen in the lifetime of our children and our grandchildren. If you look in your garden you can see the effects of climate change already. Animals moving away from global warming faster | Sci-tech | DAWN.COM A heat wave is sweeping the planet, and animals and plants are making a break for cooler climes. Or so scientists have always assumed. It's been hard to tie a species' migration directly to climate change, particularly with human activity destroying ecosystems every year. But researchers have now gathered more evidence for that link by compiling data from 54 scientific papers that collectively map the habitat ranges of more than 2000 species during the past 4 decades. On average, the team finds, creatures move both up mountains and farther away from the equator at a speed that keeps pace with the rate of climate change and at a pace that is far faster than previously predicted. In Warming World, Critters Run to the Hills - ScienceNOW I don't like the direction this is taking. It seems to be saying animals understand what Republicans can't.