How Climate Change is Impacting Wildlife

The current global warming crisis is causing the occurrence of physical and biological changes in the whole world today which is having a massive impact on the ecosystem thereby causing climate changes on the planet today. Most animals can only survive within a particular range of environmental and climatic factors, but if the condition changes beyond the tolerance for that species, then animals may tend to display a negative response to these ecological changes. The Impact of this climatic change on both animals and plants is executing a widespread injustice of more significant harm than good.

How will Global WarmingAffect Wildlife?

Global warming will have the same effects on plants and animals as it does with humans. As the climatic changes continue to occur, most animals will be forced to leave the habitatsthey are familiar with like humans and go into hiding—there only viable option. The major threats on the African island of Madagascar to wildlife are manyremovals of forest that have stripped most island of forest leaving them with onlywasteland.

While the impact of climate change is about to be far-reachingwithin thehuman population, animals are not as adaptive to these changes. When the habitats of animals changes irreversibly such asrainforest dryingup, or cold mountains in tropical zones heating up, animals may just go into extinction.  Recent studies in sciencehave shown how this extinction will take place.

Evolutionary biologist Robert Colwell from the University of Connecticut analyzed various data from nearly 2,000 species of plants and insects in the tropics.  Where most organisms have lacked the ability to escape the global warming temperatures by going to the north or south; instead, they have to be elevated to find cooler temperatures.

Robert Colwell figured out that the population in the lowlandshas shown they are not replaceable. It means there would be a reduction in biodiversity; this is what the scientists call “species richness.” In the meantime, species that take refuge at higher elevations, have nowhere to go—and, sadly, expectextinction. Scientistshave also discovered that toads may be the first set of animals to go into extinction due to global warming, and they would certainly not be the last.

The U.N’s IntergovernmentalPanel, assigned to climate change last year, made an estimation that if the global temperature should increase above three degrees the present level, which is possible, given the current circumstance of the trending carbon emissions–up to one-third of the earth’s inhabitants could be at risk of extinction. Doesn’t that make you sad?

Causes of global warming

Scientistshave reached the conclusion that the main reason for the climate change is human activity. Scientific Organizations such as the National Academy of Science and IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change) have recognized that climate change as a real threat to human existence and has to be continuously addressed.  Gasses such as carbon dioxide, holds heat in the atmosphere thereby regulating the climate. Thesegasses are naturally in existence, but people have added to it by burning fossils fuels for energy such as natural gas, coal, and oil. Thesegassesact as a cover and become thicker and warmer each day on the planet. At the same time,oceans are absorbing some of thesegasses, making them less hospitable to sea life.

Steps to reduce the impact of climate change on wildlife

  • Humans need to make recycling a daily routine. We need to make a habit of purchasing items with packages that can be recycled. To illustrate, when it comes to items with large amounts of packaging, ask retailers if the bags can be recycled or used for other purposes. You can also use your only reusable, cloth bags.
  • Instead of discarding or recycling household materials or clothing, why not give them out to other in need of these items? You can donate used clothes to charity or family and friends in need of them. By repurposing clothes and household items, the amount of land filled with dirt material for burning can be reduced.
  • Adopt energy-saving habits. Make sure lights are turned off when notused in the house or even while not in a room. Replace light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. Make sure to turn off computers and unplug all electronics when they are idle.

To spare thousands of wildlife, humans need to take quick actions by living a life which helps to reduce greenhouse gassessuch as carbon emissions.  The solution to climate change starts in our homes, vehicles and other industrial buildings from making energy more efficient, to increasing the use of alternative sources of energy such as solar power and renewable hydrogen sources. In the meantime, the world can also assist by helping to alleviate other climate change pressured animal species by ensuring that free movement is made available for all wildlife. They are an important facet of our biodiversity and keeping calm in the natural world. At Gogreen.org, you can read a lot more information concerning wildlife and how to help protecting it.