中英對照讀新聞》 Climate change causing albatross divorce, says study 研究指出 氣候變遷導致信天翁離婚
“It is a truth universally acknowledged,” Jane Austen wrote in the opening lines of “Pride and Prejudice,” “that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Social mores may have shifted since the early 19th century, but the maxim seems still to hold true for albatrosses, very large seabirds that live mostly in the Southern Hemisphere and are known as some of the world’s most reliably monogamous creatures.
Climate change and warming water, however, have disrupted the good fortune of some albatrosses and could lead to a rise in partners breaking up, according to a study published Wednesday by New Zealand’s Royal Society.
Warmer water leads to population declines among fish, which means the birds have to spend more time and travel farther to feed. The harsher conditions in turn can effect hormone levels and make it less likely that chicks will survive.
in want of：片語，指需要。例句：The house is in want of repair.（這棟房屋需要整修。）
mores：名詞，社會的風俗、習俗，一般的規矩。例句：Its scenes reflect the mores of the time and region in which it was created.（它的場景反映出它所處的時代和地區的風俗習慣。）