It’s no secret climate change is a threat to our planet, but it’s already taking a toll on the animal kingdom. Global warming could eventually cause the extinction of animals, primarily because animals are physically incapable of surviving in certain temperature ranges. One they’re out of their ideal climate, the chance of survival goes drastically down.
You may be thinking, “Can’t animals just migrate towards weather that better suits them?” Technically, they can. Animals can move to accommodate to their ideal temperatures to a certain extent, but eventually there will be unavoidable limitations. For instance, what happens when they reach the edge of the land, mountains, rivers, etc? Plus, even if they do find a suitable climate to live in, there’s no telling if the habitat will be able to support them for an extended period of time, or what kind of predators could be lurking in the area.
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Animals that don’t encounter limitations in their travels pose a threat for us humans. Mosquitoes that carry malaria are spreading further from the equator into more populous areas and schools of fish are abandoning their home and leaving communities without a supply of fish. This is a dangerous trend that puts people’s lives in danger.
All species of animals will have to adapt to the changing ecosystems they live in, as they’ve done for billions of years. However, at this rate, who knows how many of the animals will be able to keep up. Climate change is happening at an alarmingly rapid pace, faster than any other temperature change in history, and adapting fast enough will be a challenge for all species.
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