Animals: The True Victims of Climate Change?

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By Lydia Abedeen
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Mar 14, 2017,  4:01 PM

The Story

Think “climate change”, and one immediately thinks of melting glaciers, photochemical Californian sunsets, or even the denunciation of the issue by some politicians. However, among scientific circles, one thing is unanimous: climate change is (slowly, but surely) destroying our world. However, what does that say for the native inhabitants of the environments we exploit, Earth's animals?

Why it’s Important

This one speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

With the destruction of some of Earth’s natural habitats, the ecosystems of thousands of living organisms would be completely devastated. Those melting ice caps would result not only in increased flooding, but hundreds of homeless polar bears, as well. The notorious Californian sunsets have known to upset the hibernation cycles of many a species of local frogs, causing premature deaths and resulting in more and more additions to the endangered species list, an example being the honeybee, which was added only a few months ago.

Thus, it isn’t surprising that many environmentalists are initiating studies in order to combat this “silent killer”.

In an interview with Daily News, Lea Hannah, a conservation ecologist and senior researcher at Conservation International, a non-profit based in Arlington, Virginia, says, “We have the knowledge to take action…Truly massive climate-triggered insect outbreaks have killed millions of trees in North America. Heat flashes in the oceans have killed corals and changed coral reefs in every ocean.” Hannah then goes on to state that a third of all species may be at risk for extinction in the near future.
Obviously, the situation is dire; negativity finds us at every turn. So one can only wonder: what’s next?

Impact (ONLY use the 'Paste From Word' button to safely copy and paste text from a Word doc) 

Because climate change is so gradual in its occurrence, the same goes for the issue in terms of its recovery.

Like Hannah, many scientists are conducting studies in order to investigate the phenomenon as well as help take action against it. Many scientific websites have also been spreading the word, as well. The Climate and Weather website states, “Unless greenhouse gas emissions are severely reduced, climate change could cause a quarter of land animals, birdlife and plants to become extinct.” Thus, it comes as no surprise to find that environmental activists who follow these sites are raising awareness and are strictly following previously mandated environmental laws that help combat the issue.

In conjunction with one another, these preventative measures have effectively garnered progress when it comes to environmental recovery. Then, would it be too soon to say that one day us humans will even out the amount of damage we do with the amount of pro-environmentalism propaganda we spread? Well, we’ll find out soon enough…

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2017
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