The two articles discuss the movement of animals and how climate change affects those patterns. Climate change, because it warms the earth, causes animals that live in lower latitudes to migrate towards the poles in order to fit their optimum temperature range, and animals that are affected most by temperature changes move the most. While it is good to see that animals are adapting, animals that live at the poles already will die because they do not have any place to move.
Migration patterns have also been affected by climate change, and there is much less hope that these can be fixed because the migration patterns took very long to develop. Animals that have seasonal migration patterns can be hurt by climate change because they lose sense of where
to migrate, and their migration areas may become unfit for living. The impact of climate change on animal lives is an important consequence of global
warming that should be researched because of economic and ecological disasters that could result from their changing behaviors or death. If certain keystone species die out because they can no longer live in their native habitat, or if species that provide food for humans become difficult to capture, the economy could suffer and ecosystems could collapse (National Geographic). In order to better assess the impact of climate change on the animals at risk, research targeting migratory animals and temperature sensitive animals may be the most cost effective way to get results; targeting these animals will save money and give insights into how climate change is affecting animals because these animals are the ones most likely to be affected.
Upon doing this research, scientists may gain additional insights into ways to support animals at risk. For those currently at risk, measures should be taken to protect areas vulnerable to climate change that shield migratory animals (Black 2006). At least for some time, this may provide a buffer against the potential damage that climate change may do to migratory animals.
- Black, R. (2006, November 16). Climate threat to mobile species. Retrieved November 29, 2014,from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6156034.stm
- Keystone Species. (n.d.). Retrieved November 29, 2014, from http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/keystone-species/?ar_a=1
- Species Flee Warming Faster. (n.d.). Retrieved November 29, 2014, fromhttp://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-14576664