Global warming posts new threats – Australian wildlife

australiaThe threat that global warming is has definetly been underestimated, and if something doesn’t develop quite fast that could handle this problem or at least diminuate its effects (could it be iron fertilization?), the perspectives are quite dire. Everything and everybody is affected, and the effects include the melting of glaciers and the destruction of coral reefs, which is really dangerous.

Now, a new report, Implications of Climate Change for the National Reserve System, was prepared for the Federal Government in Australia, and released April 1 by the Environment Minister Peter Garrett, and author Dr Michael Dunlop says climate change is forcing environmental scientists to rethink their approach. Climate change will change practically all of Australia’s landscapes.

The temperatures are expected to rise by 1 C in the next 20 years, which may not seem huge, but it really is.

“Traditionally, conservation has focused on preventing change or restoring landscapes toward a pre-European state, but we now have to accept that change is inevitable, and it’s happening quite fast,” he says. “Some animals and plants will be found in places where they’ve never been seen before, and others will disappear from areas where they were once common, and for many regions the look, sound, and smell of the landscapes we are familiar with will gradually change.”

The report confirms that Australia’s 9,000 protected areas are critical for nature conservation in a warming world, but Dr Dunlop says new protected areas will also be needed.

“There’s a lot we don’t yet understand, but we know more species will have a greater chance to adapt and survive if we protect:
as many different types of habitat as possible;
larger areas of habitat; and
locations that have historically provided a refuge for biodiversity during times of climatic stress.”

It’s really sad to know that the wonderful wildlife Australia will have so much to bare, and it’s really not fair. But there are still somethings even the small guys (us) can do to help out things. Here’s an idea.

5 thoughts on “Global warming posts new threats – Australian wildlife

  1. Glen

    Global warming is the most riddiculous statment in the first place. The fact is, humans have always posed a great threat to all living animals outside of their own species and this is really nothing new.

    If you are suggesting that mankind (albeit even only a select audience or subculture) has the arrogance to assume his species, as being directly responsible for the extreme shifts in weather patterns, and further blind to the obvious fact, that our species has been killing off animals and species, non-discremenatory since learning to walk, then this really is an interesting story.

    Might I suggest that pollution is not just using paper to write rubbish and fosil fuels to power primative engines. It is also using language as a virus to capitalise on the ignorance of the mass, at the cost the educated. Global warming is merely a money making spin and is fueled by arrogance, ignorance and greed.

    Thanks for such enlightening litteray pulp.

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