How Endangered Species are Threatened by Climate Change
Climate change does more than just warm up the earth’s temperature. It has a significant impact on the animals around us, and endangered species are particularly at risk of disappearing forever. The overdevelopment by humans has not only contributed to climate change, but also the destruction of many animals and their natural habitat. Climate change is affecting almost 20-percent of listed endangered species, making it more difficult for these animals to thrive and adapt to an ever-changing environment.
When a species is in danger, it increases the odds that it will become extinct forever. Rising sea levels, deforestation, and higher temperatures are all contributing factors that can put birds, fish, and animals in serious danger of disappearing. Even the corals in the ocean are under threat. These delicate creatures are dying as a result of rising ocean temperatures, acidification, overfishing, and pollution. Corals are one of the most rapidly declining species.
Climate change can also cause changes in the animals themselves, too. These changes affect the animals’ ability to reproduce and survive in today’s harsh climates. Rising temperature affects things like migration, behavioral changes, and breeding times. It also upsets the balance of certain endangered species and their egg incubation period, such as green sea turtles. Not only does climate change threaten endangered species, but it also affects the food chain as a whole.
When large populations of prey species are killed, it becomes more difficult for predator animals to find food, causing mass die-offs. Disease among animals and plants is also common due to climate change. As temperatures rise and natural disasters become more commonplace, many species die or move to different locations, resulting in massive changes in their biological processes. To find out more about what you can do to prevent climate change and more, please contact us today.