TOP 5 ANIMALS THAT ARE STARVING DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING

All of us are aware of the fact that global warming is detrimental to almost all species in the planet. While global warming is directly associated with warming of temperature and increase in water level, less do we talk about its impact on the food ecosystem of certain animals. Here is a list of the top 5 animals that are starving due to global warming and are at risk from climate change.

Polar bear

Polar bears are one of the species worst affected by global warming. We are all aware that global warming is melting the arctic ice but there is still enough ice sheet around in the polar region. If that’s the case, then why do the bears starve?

Polar bears against popular belief are very active creatures, in the sense, they burn a lot of calories per day. Hence, they need to consume lot of food to keep up their body mass. The species that provides them the most is the seal. A polar bear typically hunts a seal by waiting for it to come to shore then once the seal is on shore the bear stands on its hind legs and hammers in a deadly blow with its front paws.

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Now with the increasing temperature the ice sheets have become thin and begin to float far earlier in the year than usual. This makes the polar bear travel far distances by land or by water to reach the potential prey. Not many polar bears are successful at this and they are not built for this too. It pains most of us to see a powerful predator starve as in the video from National Geographic and let’s hope that our acts to improve global warming help reviving the species and reduces the effect of climate change that is upon them now.

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Rein deer

The species that symbolizes Christmas has not been spared by global warming too. The species is found in the northern part of the planet, in large numbers in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. The increase in global temperature has impacted this region more than the rest of planet. There has been an increase of temperature by 3.7 deg Celsius in this region against the global increase of 1C in the last century. Their population is threatened due to increased rainfall and flooding that is uncharacteristic in this land of snow leading to loss of food. The newborn and the weak are the most affecting thus leading to an ageing population of the species threatening its existence.

Koala Bear

Unlike the species above that are impacted due to melting snow the koala bear doesn’t even live near ice. It thrives in the hotter parts of Australia. While an increase in temperature by a few degrees may not impact this cute creature , its dependence on a single food source does. The koala bear almost entirely depends on eucalyptus leaves for its food, but this plant species is extremely vulnerable to increase in temperature. The tree is also slow growing and hence losing too many trees to global warming would be catastrophic to the koala bear. This makes the koala one of the most endangered by climate change.

Arctic Fox

The arctic fox is an elusive species that has been quite successful at life in extreme conditions. The Arctic fox can survive in temperature as low as -50 deg Celsius. But the conditions turning better is not actually good for the animal. With the increasing temperature the ice cover isn’t existing throughout the year making it difficult for the animal to camouflage and hunt. Also, the increasing weather makes the territory more welcoming for thered fox, an arch enemy of the Arctic cousin. Thus, a favorable living condition is turning out to be deadly for the Arctic fox and is one of the top animals to be hit hard by global warming.

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Flamingo

This pink bird has always remained in every bird-watchers must watch list. The way the flamingoes throng together in huge numbers and co-exist is a treat to watch. The flamingo’s population is under threat due to global warming. The flamingo mates during the rainy seasons and any failure in the monsoon or rain system impacts the breeding and thereby the population of the species. Also, the bird gets its pink coloration from the shrimp it feeds on. The shrimp population has been increasingly declining in the region of the flamingo. Plus, the other diet of the flamingo that is the algae off late is becoming toxic due to the acidification of the water they are present in caused by global warming. Thus, the flamingo doesn’t get the food needed to survive on. We will need to do something fast to reduce the number of species that will go extinct due to global warming.

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