Ecosystems operate in a delicate balance and even the temperature raising a couple of degrees could vastly impact an entire population. This is no more evident than on the Earth’s poles where animals can find no shelter from the melting ice and raising temperature. It changes the way they have existed for many years. Animals have been moving northward or out of the change in heat as best they cans. The temperature shift has changed the blossoming of plants that are food for animals and has also changed their mating patterns and when they lay their eggs. If they have to venture out of their habitat to get out of the heat, they are exposed to elements and conditions that they haven’t had to face before. It’s a concern that will become more and more pronounced as climate change continues to become an issue.
Global Warming can affect species that operate on very specific temperature thresholds.
In recent years, rare frog species around the world have been going extinct and dieing out. A virulent fungus named Chytrid is killing them. We believe global warming to be fuel for this fungus to do its dirty work. Studies show the frogs can fight off the fungus better under cooler temperatures. That is they excrete more of the fungi-fighting secretions. It’s a complex phenomenon but it is widely believed to be a problem exacerbated by the temperature change.
Another sensitive ecosystem is the Coral Reef. Even a one degree increase can destroy one of the worlds most diverse ecosystems. They become bleached from the heat of El Nino and the slowly increasing global temperatures. Now we must focus on protecting the pieces that survive during this delicate time to ensure that coral reefs are still around for the future generations to enjoy.
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