Animal Extinction

One of the most unfortunate consequences of climate change is the fact that a large number of animals in the wild will face extinction on a mass scale. As the global temperature rises the habits of many species become unsustainable for survival. The true number of animals facing this threat is only now beginning to be realised.

The WWF recently predicted that half of the animal and plant life on planet Earth is now at risk from mass extinction. This includes the Amazon as well as the Galapagos, two of the richest places on Earth for wildlife and exotic creatures.

This prediction states that if carbon emissions go unchecked then it is certain that by the start of the year 2100, these areas and many others will have had devastating habitat wipe outs. The Paris climate agreement will help decrease these numbers. However the report goes on to say that even if this agreement is met there will still be a population decrease of one quarter of Earth’s animals.

The climate is changing and with it comes more droughts and tropical storms. This extreme weather is set to be the norm. This will prevent animals from recovering from these traumatic periods, resulting in the deaths of entire species.

This study was reliable and extensive. It looked at 80,000 different species of animals and plants that live in 35 diverse ecosystems. They looked at the effects of these areas in prediction of whether carbon emissions would decrease, increase or stay the same.

The worst affected of all these areas appear to be the Miombo Woodlands, the Amazon, and the southwest of Australia. Many different types of animal including amphibians, birds, tigers, turtles and elephants will face the end of their species as a whole according to the report. This shows the need to seriously and swiftly tackle carbon emissions.