Many different species of animals are being effected by global warming, they’re mating, breeding and feeding patterns are being thrown off balance and this can result in death for many animals, here a few examples of the startling effects on animals:
Penguins: Rely on krill shrimp as a source of food, but many of these are not available because the shrimps’ source of food, algae, has diminished from the water due to the warming in the arctic.
Polar Bears: Polar bears hunt and live on ice caps. However, since the ice caps have been melting, polar bears are dying with drowning as the main cause. They have nowhere to rest and as a result they drown because they become too tried from swimming.
Arctic Foxes: Arctic foxes have thick, warm fur and paws that allow them to burrow and dig into the snow to keep themselves warm when they need to. However recent warmer temperatures are forcing the arctic foxes to migrate north in search of a cooler climate. 1
Many scientists are saying that global warming could result in even more floods, droughts, heat waves, extreme winter cold and snow fall, tornadoes, extreme storms and tropical storms. These natural disasters have the potential to ruin the habitats of so many animals and to kill so many more.
In 2004 a major research paper published an article stating that global climate change is the number one reason for animal extinction
Scientists are saying that if the earth reaches a temperature 2 degrees Celsius above normal, the earth will see irreversible damages. Currently, we are at risk of reaching this temperature by 2050.
Rising sea levels threaten to wipe out coastal ecosystems completely, thus leaving many animals homeless and without any food.
Scientists are saying that climate change has the potential to make more than a million terrestrial species extinct within the next 50 years if dramatic changes do not take place soon. 3