Climate Change and its Impact on Wildlife
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This paper looks at the causes of climate change and discusses its effects. The paper describes the rising sea levels that result in the loss of coastal habitats, the significant shifts in the breeding and flowering patterns of wildlife, and the rapid spread of new wildlife diseases. The paper contends that there is an urgent need to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and prepare for the effects that are already being experienced.
From the Paper:"Climate change has caused dramatic changes in several macro- and microhabitats on Earth. While wildlife species are likely to be adaptable, within their physiological limits, in dealing with direct impacts of climate change on temperature and precipitation, their ability to respond to major physical changes in their environment, short of migration, is more limited. (Climate Change and Wildlife Health)Climate change is having a huge effect on the earth's microhabitats. The Amphibian and reptilian populations have declined in lowland forests in Costa Rica, through the effect of the climate change on the humid leaf litter microhabitats.
"The forests maintain some kind of balance in the atmosphere via the absorption of substantial carbon dioxide amounts. Deforestation reduces the levels of carbon dioxide absorbed by forests, leaving huge amounts of it to circulate in the atmosphere (WWF).
"When fossil fuels including, but not limited to, coal, oil, and natural gas are burnt, they generate power, but, at the same time, emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide. This kind of energy generation is thought to release approximately 23 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year, with coal being ranked as the most damaging of the three (WWF)."
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- Hofmeister, Eric, Rogall Gail, Wesenberg Kathy, Abbott Rachel, Work Thierry, Schuler Kristen, Sleeman Jonathan, and Winton James. "Climate Change and Wildlife Health: Direct and Indirect Effects." USGS, n.d. Web. 12 April 2014 http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/fact_sheets/pdfs/Climate_Change_and_Wildlife_Health.pdf
- US Fish and Wildlife Service. "Climate Change Impacts." US Fish and Wildlife Service, 2014. Web. 12 April 2014 http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/climate-change.php
- WWF. "Climate Change: Threats." World Wildlife Fund, 2014. Web. 12 April 2014 https://worldwildlife.org/threats/climate-change
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