4 Animal Species Deeply Affected by Climate Change
Man-made climate change hurts humans, animals and all living species. Here are four that are deeply affected by the crisis.
Due to habitat loss, there are only roughly 3,200 tigers in the wild. In the already dismantled areas where tigers live, the risk of fires is now higher and the sea levels will continue increasing.
Each year, the planet is setting new records in terms of average temperature. Now, think about the fact that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as that average. Polar bears greatly depend on ice. But it is simply melting away.
In addition, the ice is now forming later and melting earlier during the year. Female polar bears need to get to land in the fall to retreat, and into the see during the spring to feed. All that is becoming more and more difficult.
The consequences? Polar bears are starving for longer, which deteriorates their physical condition and makes it a battle to endure the summer season.
The Adélie penguins spend the majority of their time in Antarctica. Krill is one of their main food sources, which breeds and feeds under the ice. However, with the constant reduction of ice in Antarctica, Adélie penguins have less and less access to food.
If the warming in the Arctic is occurring twice as fast as the global average, in the Himalayas it has reached up to three times. The Himalayas are the number one habitat for snow leopards.
The constant warming in the region is causing the mountain range to shrink and the tree line to climb in altitude. This phenomenon divides and isolates the populations of snow leopards.
Climate change is happening at such a distressing rate that it doesn’t allow many animal species to even begin to adapt.