ANIMALS

A 2020 study warned that one third of all plant and animal species could be extinct in 50 years (2). All plant and animal species, though, will shift how and where they thrive as they attempt adaptation to a changed climate. Species tend to flee in search of cooler climates, but if the temperature shifts more quickly than they can relocate, extinction will occur. Insects carrying diseases, many of which cannot survive in cold climates, have pushed northward and infected people and plants that have little immunity. Viability of crop and livestock are changing drastically as well, and as natural resources like fish migrate in response to warmer waters, tensions have emerged between countries vying for control of a changed industry.

SOURCE: Visualizing Species Movements Due to Climate Change, The Nature Conservancy

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