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Animals Affected By Global Warming, According to Wildlife Groups

By    |   Saturday, 29 Nov 2014 06:06 PM

Scientific research shows that average temperatures are increasing, sea levels are rising, and a higher number of heat waves and storms, or so-called "extreme weather events," are occurring.

Such changes affect wildlife, domestic animals, and the spread of diseases. Coupled with expanding human populations, these shifts may create further strain on already limited resources, leading to erosion and a greater likelihood of diseases spreading, according to The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 

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"In nature, pathogens can be transmitted directly between animals or indirectly through intermediate 'hosts,' such as infected prey or biting insects," according to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center.  

Environmental occurrences, such as temperature and rainfall, can influence indirect transfer cycles, and lead to more pathogens. 

Livestock are indirectly at risk because they consume poor quality food. Changes in land use outside of the production of livestock feedstuffs can also have an effect, as well as legislative changes to local and national policy regarding livestock farming, according to knowledgescotland.org.

Climate change is already believed to have claimed two amphibian species: The Monteverde harlequin frog and the golden toad, both of Central America, according to a report from the International Panel on Climate Change. The golden toad's habitat, mountaintop cloud forests, has disappeared amid droughts and other weather factors.

Plant life such as the Quiver tree, found in dry climates west of South Africa and Namibia, are also at risk. In Chapter Four of the IPCC report, author Bob Scholes noted that the rate of climate change can be of equal importance as the scope, and that "trees are the most vulnerable to rapid change." The quiver tree can't grow and adapt quickly enough. 

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