How Climate Change is Affecting Animals

Animals are more reliant on the Earth’s survival and are merely victims of the destruction humans have wrought on the environment. They do not contribute to global warming, but it is their homes being burnt or, in the case of the polar bear above, melted.  Because of global warming, this polar bear does not have the appropriate environment it needs to survive. The icebergs are not freezing until much later in the season and are melting much earlier in the spring. Humans are too worried about their homes to even think of helping or protecting defenseless animals and their ecosystems. Other animals threatened by climate change include orange-spotted file fish, a fish that lives in and depends on their coral reef habitats. The warmer temperature caused by global warming is causing the coral reefs to dry out and even bleach. This means the orange-spotted file fish, and many other marine animals, are not able to get their necessary nutrients from the coral and algae. This fish has gone extinct before as a result of warmer ocean temperatures in Japan in the late 1980’s. Another animal affected by the icebergs melting is the Adélie penguin. The krill the penguin is accustomed to eating only lives on the under side of icebergs near the algae it normally eats. However, since the icebergs are not forming as quickly or in the same areas, the krill are not where they should be. Thus, the penguins must spend more energy foraging for food instead of breeding or raising their young. This results in a decrease of Adélie penguins in the long-run. If something drastic is not done about climate change, these species could die off forever with no chance of coming back.

The animals stated above are not the only ones affected either; among others, sea turtles, moose, and even koalas are feeling the brunt of human mistreatment. The nesting site where sea turtles lay eggs are more vulnerable to flooding because of the rise in sea-level. The eggs laid could be swept away by the tide, by an especially crazy storm, or they could fry under the newly intense heat. Without a safe place to lay eggs, these sea turtles can one day become extinct. Furthermore, Australian koalas are feeling the effects of the rise in temperature. The video below highlights the struggles the koalas are going through because global warming that we caused is drying out their only source of hydration.

They are being forced to act out of character, like being awake in the day, which can expose them to predators, and it can have serious repercussions on their systems if they do not know what time they should be active. We have been too worried about what will happen to us if the world burns, that we have not even given a second thought to what may happen to these defenseless animals. If we cared half as much about saving them as we did ourselves, they may actually have a fighting chance.

, , ,

One Response to How Climate Change is Affecting Animals

  1. Bryan DeLeon November 4, 2017 at 3:41 am #

    Climate change has been an enormous subject over the years and has made its way back into one of the top discussions after this past presidential election. Many people in media and news outlets criticize Donald Trump’s view on climate change. He doesn’t seem to take climate change seriously and doesn’t seem to listen to the experts in that field. He hired a climate change doubter as the top environmental adviser. Scientists have said that climate change has been the reason for many natural disasters and other things such as heat waves. This year, there has been many disastrous hurricanes that have been traced back to climate change by scientists. Us humans are responsible for climate change and aren’t just hurting ourselves but animals as well.
    Animals have been on this planet for million of years and have only made an positive impact on this planet. This article talks about how climate change is hurting many different species all around the planet. Polar bears and penguins in cold weather areas of the planet have been in danger for a long time now ( populations are decreasing). Since the planet is getting warmer (literally), places like Antarctica, South Pole, North Pole, etc, are getting warmer too and they aren’t places that are usually warm. Ice melting is taking away homes for species in these two animal groups as well as their sources of food. Another animal that has been affected by climate change is the Australian koala. These koalas are nocturnal animals (sleep through the day) but are not sleeping during the day because they are looking for ways to hydrate instead. Their source of hydration comes from leaves and they won’t eat the leaves if they know their not going to hydrate them enough. So instead of eating leaves, these koalas are scavenging for water throughout the day to hydrate. This is dangerous for them because they are moving away from their natural way of living and are becoming more easily for their prey to hunt.Climate change isn’t a myth and shouldn’t be taken lightly, we as humans need to help restore the planet and help the climate return to normal.

Leave a Reply