Endangerment of Animals Due to Climate Change


Abigail Moss, Reporter

Endangerment of Animals Due to Climate Change 

Abigail Moss | Reporter

Climate change has been negatively affecting the world for many years now. The burning of fossil fuels, usage of one-time-use plastics, and pollution in the air and the ocean have been the hardest for the animals to survive in these changing conditions. Since the discovery of fossil fuels and their use of them to start the industrial revolution, we have put around 375 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 

Another effect of climate change harms our oceans. The PH levels of the ocean have been rising causing the water to become more acidic. This acidity causes coral bleaching and destroys sea animals’ shells. The rising PH levels are just the start of how pollution and climate change are harming our oceans, another is the amount of garbage inside them. Each year more than a million sea creatures die from plastic pollution because of the amount of plastic in the ocean. 

The Co2 being released into the air is not just affecting the animals on dry land but is also harmful to the underwater animals as well. 

The effect climate change has been having on our earth is very dangerous and has even made some species go extinct and others are on the brink of extinction. Some of these species include polar bears, adèlie penguins, leatherback sea turtles, ringed seals, and staghorn coral. 

Due to the declining amount of sea ice, the polar bears have had trouble hunting and finding food. This not only starves out the polar bears but also forces them to spend more time on land, causing a better possibility of interaction with humans. The adèlie penguins live along the coast of the West Antarctic Peninsula, which is one of the fastest-warming places on the planet. Like the polar bears, the adèlie penguins have been struggling with finding prey because of the warming waters. The leatherback sea turtles use sand to warm their eggs before they hatch, the temperature of the sand determines the gender of the baby turtle. Warmer sand produces female turtles while cooler sand produces male turtles. Warming the planet will cause problems with the ratio of male to female sea turtles, which will eventually lead to their extinction. The ringed seals have problems similar to the polar bear, with an additional problem of the young seals being separated from their mothers too early. Lastly, the staghorn coral is very vulnerable to coral bleaching. 

Climate change has been harming our lives, including ours, for many years. Possible ways to help would be refraining from using single-use plastics, and recycling. The effect of climate change are irreversible, but we can help prevent further damage and save these animals.