Animals And Climate Change - How Are They Affected?

As our Earth's surface heats up due to climate change, the inhabitants of the animal kingdom are being affected. Global warming is leaving an impression on their habitats, health, food supply and numbers. 

 

 

Animals are part of a very intricate food web. Any imbalance can have a significant effect. This is a destabilizing of the relationship between animal and its food chain which has far reaching consequences. 

Plants cycles are changing. Scientists have observed some species blooming at earlier times.  This affects animals who eat them, the quality of nutrients they provide and how plentiful they are. 

 

As weather patterns change, some plants and insects become more rare and this is felt further up the food chain. Animals in different biomes can find their environment shifting and changing over a short period of time.

Warmer climates are not detrimental to all animals, at least initially. Invasive species such as ticks and moths are thriving and becoming pests. Ticks are particularly dangerous as they can carry disease. 

It's not such land animals and plants that will feel the effect of climate change. Animals that call water home are also affected. A rise in temperature for fish can be devastating for some species. Coral reefs are also experiencing stress - coral bleaching, once a quite rare event is becoming more common. 

 

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