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What are the impacts of climate change - on furry, fluffy, green and scaly things?

Global warming could cause the extinction of many wild and wonderful plants and animals - as well as the habitats they depend on.

10 species under threat from climate change

  1. Too late: Costa Rica's golden toad has already become extinct due to changes in rainfall and temperature

  2. The Gelada baboon in Ethiopia. This monkey is rare and lives in isolated habitats vulnerable to climate change

  3. The monarch butterfly at its Mexican wintering grounds

  4. Tika (cute, hamster-sized animals). Climate change has contributed to local extinctions because the Tika lives at high altitude in the mountains in the USA

  5. Polar bears could become extinct by the end of this century as temperatures rise and the sea ice melts for longer periods

  6. The food stocks of the migrating caribou in Alaska are threatened

  7. Coral bleaching. This has risen dramatically over the past 20 years directly due to temperature rise

  8. The rare mountain pygmy possum of Australia which lives in remote areas susceptible to global warming

  9. Bengal tiger. The Sundarbans delta - the home of the tiger - is threatened by rising sea levels. If it goes, the Bengal tiger goes with it.

  10. The Adelie penguin in the Antarctic. Numbers are declining as the sea ice retreats plus their main food source, krill, is also affected - a double whammy indeed.

And it could lead to a few shocks and surprises closer to home too. In the UK we may see the disappearance of:

  • our native bluebell woods
  • trees like the birch and the cherry
  • and even peas, pears and broad beans (though kids may not be quite so bothered about these - yet!)

Farewell to fish 'n' chips?

As well as problems of over-fishing, climate change is affecting North Sea cod. The plankton concentration in the North is reducing food stocks available for cod larvae.

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