Endangered Animals due to Global Warming

Climate Change is a great threat to the diversity in animals and plants. It has severely affected the ecosystem, and has destroyed the natural habitats of many endangered animals. The destructive activities of humans and overexploitation of natural resources has created a difficult situation for them.
According to an estimate, by 2050 one-fourth of land animals will be on the verge of extinction due to global warming. The red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) states that ten percent to 30% of animals are endangered due to habitat loss.
IUCN has prepared a "Species and Climate change" list to show the effect of climate change on endangered animals. It includes the profiles of nine animals, mostly from the Arctic. The list includes:
  • The Emperor Penguin: They are facing food shortage due to the melting of ice-sheets. Less ice has also resulted in smaller breeding areas for the Penguins.
  • Ringed Seals: Warming of water has forced them to shift their ranges further north.
  • Salmon: Loss of oxygen in sea-waters due to warming has created difficulties for them to breed.
  • Clownfish: The acidification of ocean waters has affected their sense of smell. It has reduced their search for the sea anemones. They depend on the sea anemones for safeguarding themselves from their predators.
  • The Beluga Whale: The increased human interference in their breeding areas has resulted in their endangerment.
  • Staghorn Corals: The skeletons of this endangered animal are dissolving due to the acidification of ocean waters.
  • The Arctic Fox: This endangered animal of the Arctic region is facing threats from Red Foxes, which have moved in tundra region with change in climate.
  • The Koala Bear: Increased amount of carbon di-oxide in the air has affected Eucalyptus trees. The decreased nutritional contents in the leaves of Eucalyptus have affected the feeding of Koala Bears.
  • The Leatherback Turtles: The rising temperatures of the beaches have affected the reproduction in Leatherback Turtles.
Wilderness Conservation Society(WCS) has prepared another list showing the effect of climate change on the endangered animals. The list "Species Facing the Heat" includes these five animals endangered due to global warming. The list includes:
  • Bicknell's Thrush: This endangered animal is found in the high-elevation regions of eastern United States. Climate change has brought major changes in their breeding habitats.
  • The Musk Ox: They are facing increased predatory threats from the Grizzly Bears, which have moved in their areas with climatic changes.
  • The Hawksbill Turtle They are facing the same problems of reproduction as the Leatherback Turtles. Warming of sand-beaches has created difficulties in the survival of their eggs.
  • Flamingos: The reduced size and quality of wetlands in the tropical and sub-tropical regions have endangered them.
  • The Irawaddy Dolphins: Changes in the salinity and the flow of river waters have affected their natural habitats.
Therefore, animals endangered due to global warming need immediate attention for their protection. Climate change due to overheating has severely affected the ecosystem.
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external image sn-arcticfox.jpg Vanessa: THIS IS SO CUTE. Nice pictures.

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Land Animals - Animals that are on land not water
Global Warming -
an increase in the earth's average atmospheric temperature that causes corresponding changes in climate and that may result from the greenhouse effect

Habitat Loss - Loss of Habitat? (loss of homes and food)

Griffin- I like the info about what is going on with some animals and the pics.