Protecting Animals against Climate Change May Be a Difficult task

Published June 17, 2014

desert_drought_skullMost people are that climate change can be very bad news for animals. Climate change affects environments which mean that animal’s habitats are altered; this can affect their food supply and natural rhythms. Climate change could cause extinction rates to rise, and there are predictions that a raise in temperature could cause sea levels to rise resulting in less land mass that can directly impact on food supply and homes for animals. Regional flooding is also of concern and dramatic weather changes can spell disaster for many wild animals. There are predictions that changes to the climate could cause extinction of 25% of mammals, birds, and plants.

Organisations that seek to raise awareness of climate change and its effect on animals includes the World Wildlife Organisation. They seek to educate people about the consequences of global warming and how it can be slowed down. The main tips that the World Wildlife organisation provides regards carbon emissions. They seek to educate businesses in how to reduce carbon emissions and educate people on how they can adapt to a changing climate and what steps everyday people can make. Raising awareness of the issue of climate change is very important.

Experts such as zoologists can also help raise awareness of climate change and how it can affect animal environments. Zoologists are biologists that specialise in animals and their environments. Zoologists can work alongside government departments to protect animal habitats. They can provide advice and stratagems to try and reduce environmental changes that will impact on the welfare of animals. Zoologists are degree trained and can earn in the region of $58,000 per year.

Slowing down climate change needs to be a global effort if it is to succeed. Some animals are already starting to suffer due to environmental changes caused by climate change, most notably polar bears. In 2012 sea ice losses were the greatest ever recorded and this impacts on polar bears because they rely on the sea ice in order to hunt and breed. This has resulted in a decrease of polar bear cub survival rates and there is already a 22% drop in the population of polar bears in regions of Canada.

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