Every living being on earth is getting affected by the changes happening gradually in the climate. Rising temperatures and sea levels, less rain and more droughts are a few of the reasons that resulted in climate change and because of extreme climate changes we are facing the extinction of animals.
Losing animals is heartbreaking news to us, however, it’s a misery to know we are the reason for this. Yes, we burnt the garbage, we threw the factory waste into the sea, we introduced plastic to the world and then make it our necessity, we invented the motors and then let the vehicles pollute the world and for many such reasons, the earth is being so badly damaged that it rises in temperature and sea level. As a result, glaciers started to melt and become water. The earth is no more getting frozen again like it used to be.
The animals who lived in ice and built their habitats in glaciers become homeless. Our warm climate is not up to their body temperature, and that uneasiness made them die. And if this all continued we might soon lose all the animal species.
Here is the list of a few species that are facing extinction right now due to climate changes. Let’s hope we can save them.
“Polar bears are already sitting at the top of the world; if the ice goes, they have no place to go,”.
The polar bear, a flagship for climate change awareness, is facing an uncertain future due to diminishing sea ice in its Arctic habitat. The longer and warmer summer is causing much of the arctic not to freeze any more ice for the season. The decreasing number of polar bears means access to their primary prey- seal. Polar bears on land mean humans can be endangered by wild animals. The global polar bear population is currently about 26,000, according to the (IUCN). And that’s pretty much to be worried about.
The Asian elephant, also known as the Asiatic elephant, is the only living species of the genus Elephas and is distributed throughout the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India, Nepal, Sumatra in the south, and to Borneo in the east. The Asian elephant is the largest living land animal in Asia which has been listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Perhaps it is threatened by the loss of habitat, habitat degradation, fragmentation and poaching. Asian elephant numbers have dropped by at least 50% over the last three generations, and they’re still in decline today. With only 40,000-50,000 left.
Whales (from North Atlantic) now officially ‘one step from extinction’ With their population still struggling to recover from over three centuries of whaling. The IUCN last week moved the whale’s status on their Red List from “endangered” to “critically endangered”. The status reflects that fewer than 250 mature individuals probably remain in a population of roughly 400.
As a result, many scientists support stricter regulations on the fishing industry, while Whales do not get enough appetite in the oceans because all of the small fish are caught by humans. Also, Whales rely on specific ocean temperatures for their migration, feeding, and reproduction. As sea temperatures rise, these changes disrupt habits necessary for whale survival.
The giraffe population has seen a decrease of 30% in the last 30 years. With the illegal poaching, and cutting down of acacia trees, which humans used as one of the best furniture wood, giraffes suffer. Because acacia is their only habitat and main source of food. When humans are too busy living their life not caring they are disturbing the whole wildlife by cutting trees not only for a giraffe but it is dangerous for them as well, the whole climate gets upset and the giraffe soon will vanish.
The Koala is Africa’s most iconic fluffy creature, and soon to be seen only in pictures and videos around magazines and on the internet. Koalas have their diet-dependent only on Eucalyptus Leaves. Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere kills the nutrients of leaves, resulting in koala starvation and dietary deficiency. Highly caused droughts increase the chances of bushfire in the forest and kill millions of animals like Koala. Koalas are also compelled to leave trees, in search of fresh water and habitats, and turn out to be prey of an animal or die in road accidents.
The monarch butterfly is famous for its impressive migrations across North America to reach Southern Regions overwinters. Monarchs are extremely sensitive to climate and weather like every other butterfly. The increased frequency of extreme weather events is threatening the future of this species. Populations in California have fallen by as much as 95% in the last 20 years due to habitat loss, increased use of pesticides and loss of milkweed populations. All by the cause of climate changes.
Rampant pesticide uses and habitat loss has already crippled bumblebee populations. Rising temperatures and forcing the population to remain in cool climates are another reason for their extinction. Even so, spring flowers bloom earlier than normal, this leaves less time for bees to pollinate. As a result, they are short of food and give up dying from starvation and food hunger.
All this global warming and climate change is slowly taking all these beautiful creatures from us, climate change is a crucial topic and we must need some important steps to save these animals. Every single person have to take some responsibilities and play there role to save our only planet and save these animals. It’s easy but together we can do anything and start doing small changes like reduce our use of plastic and try to use eco-friendly products in our daily life.
According to a report, Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, half of which is used to design single-use items such as shopping bags, cups and straws. At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year.
Asjad Addy is the author of this article, He’s is a passionate and enthusiastic content writer and digital marketing student. He’s also a student of BSCS (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science) and pursing his career as Writer.
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