Wildlife vulnerable to climatic changes

Friday, December 30th, 2011 5:38:15 by

Wildlife vulnerable to climatic changes

According to a recent study, animals are at a great risk due to the ever increasing climatic changes across the globe.

The global warming has affected almost every country over the past few years and things are getting worse by the day. There is a need to control this rapid change in the climate before it gets too late for everyone.

As per an article published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, animals are more vulnerable than humans to the changes in the Earth’s atmosphere.

“As climate change leads to more frequent and severe natural disasters, we need to identify animals at risk of being washed away in a flood, or destroyed by wildfire. We can then prioritise and adapt current management practices to guarantee the survival
of those vulnerable populations,” said the zoological society’s Eric Isai Ameca Juarez, lead author of the paper.

Furthermore, Dr Nathalie Pettorelli added, “Extreme natural events represent a growing threat to biodiversity, and this might be particularly true for populations already under pressure due to habitat degradation or overexploitation. We propose a way to
acknowledge this growing threat and carry out vulnerability assessments, in the hope that these will be taken into account when evaluating species extinction risk.”

Global warming has become a serious issue in recent times, as the world has witnessed record high temperatures in the ongoing year.

The United Nations (UN) has been worried on the rapid climatic changes in the past decade and wants the countries to respond to the situation before it gets too late.

Earlier, the World Bank’s envoy for climate change Andrew Steer also predicted that the changes in climate will bring more floods and disasters to the world. He stressed that steps should be taken to make this world a better place for everyone.

Floods have really caused a lot of damage to the world in the past few years. The concerning thing is that the intensity and frequency of such disasters is increasing day by day.

Last year, hundreds of people died in severe floods in Pakistan. The same happened this year in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Apart from the deaths, millions of people were left homeless and had to struggle against hunger, poverty and disease.

If things continue like this, things will go out of control. It is high time for every country to react to this situation before it gets too late.

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