Should people put more Focus on the Effects of Climate Change on Organisms? Andrew Ringer

Climate change is the change in temperature do to the release of carbon dioxide into the air. Climate change is ruining many habitats for animals. Sea levels are rising while glaciers are melting; record highs and severe thunderstorms and droughts become common. All 3 are happening because of climate change, but climate change is not just affecting the habitats it is also affecting the species, plants and animals, and may have severe consequences. People should put more focus and fight into the issue of climate change.

Many life cycles, habits, habitats, and resources are being altered because of climate change. Dead Zones in deeper lakes are being created in which like it suggests is unsustainable for most life. The only things that can be produced in there are toxic algal blooms, foul-smelling water, and massive fish kills, none of which are good for the environment. Many organisms can’t adapt to the change. The plants that grow on mountains cannot go anywhere because they are at the highest points the can reach and other spots are too far and too warm. Many birds are migrating earlier than they are supposed to because they are timed to temperatures and seasonal changes. The flowers may bud earlier which, in response, leaves them exposed to frost.

Also, scientists think that many species will go extinct because of the change. Animals like some penguins or polar bears are losing their ice-filled homes because the incline in temperature is melting ice caps and icebergs. Soon, the polar bear may die out because of the habitat loss. Plant species like boreal trees and other shrubs are moving towards the tundra. While the species that were already in the tundra are becoming more diversely spread. Animal breeding grounds are being affected. Wetlands, for ducks and other water fowls, are drying up, and sea turtles’ breeding grounds (beaches) will be underwater if we cannot stop global warming. So, if the breeding is stopped then, the species will not be able to reproduce, so if there is no new generation then the parents will die and the species will be gone.

On the other hand, many people believe that the animals will adapt to the changes and thrive in the new habitats. But the fact is that they won’t be able to adapt quickly enough. Adaptations take generations to happen. It is true that there will be increased vegetation in the Arctic, an increase in chinstrap and gentoo penguins, and an increase in forest growth, but the increase in some penguins means a decrease in others, the forest is being used to produce products which will counter the growth, and an increase in vegetation could also mean the loss of other plants in the Arctic.

Other people say, since climate change has not done any harm and did some good, so it would likely keep doing that, but that is just a guess by them and cannot be supported by much ,if any, evidence. You cannot base a statement from nothing you have to have facts or statistics to support it. Just because nothing bad has happened yet, does not mean bad things will not happen in the future. Yes, so far, no species has become extinct, but serious consequences can come from it, it just takes time. All in all, no organism has been hurt, but eventually climate change could bring some very dangerous consequences to the environment.

Many drastic consequences can come from climate change. Climate change could even be enough to extremely affect you, and by the time most people notice , it will already be too late to stop it. Climate change can destroy habitats and organisms completely. Too many people are focused on them and their friends and family’s lives to notice some changes to the world, and when they do, they don’ t try to fix it. People need to attempt to do something even if it is something small like telling people stuff about the effects of climate change on animals. People need to strive to stop the alterations in earth’s environment from climate change.

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