Global Warming and its Effects on Wildlife (by jakjam1)

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Global Warming and its Effects on Wildlife (by jakjam1)


Polar Bears will disappear by 2050. The ice free period has increased to 20 days. This cuts the bears hunting season. Their weight has no dropped 15% and they are eating their own kind. When the ice melts the wasters become rougher so many polar bears drown trying to get to the ice from shore.

Pikas have dissapeared from 1/3 of their previously known habitat. They are adapted to cold alpine conditions and intolerant to high temperatures. This is due to their round bodies and thick fur. If they are exposed to high temperatures they can die within a few hours.

Waterfowl are effects as well from all sides of the U.S. In the Pacific, the water levels rise which creates canges in inland precipitation. For the central flyaway the ducks use the spring pond for breeding and with the warmer temperatures the ponds could easily dry up or shrink. The Mississippi flyaway can have 45% of coastal wetlands eliminated due to rising sea levels. The Atlantic is changing migration patterns because the ducks don't have to fly as far getting to suitable conditions.

Cold water fish, Salmon, Coral Reefs, Forests, Coastal Wetlands, Great Lakes, Mangroves, Prairie Potholes, and streams are only a few of the the wildlife and environment effected by Global Warming.



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