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.



Wildlife Corridors

Wildlife corridors are increasingly vital in ensuring healthy wildlife populations and providing critical ecosystem services.

Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics (2017)

For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, and accelerometers reveal the natural world as never before. Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer…

Migrations in Motion

Maps shows the average direction mammals, birds, and amphibians need to move to track hospitable climates as they shift across the landscape.


Insect populations suffering death by 1,000 cuts, say scientists

By Damien Carrington  Photo by Blickwinkel   01/11/21  
The insects face multiple, overlapping threats including the destruction of wild habitats for farming, urbanisation, pesticides and light pollution. Population collapses have been recorded in places where human activities dominate, such as in Germany, but there is…

Nearly 600 manatees died in Florida waters in 2020

By Karl Schneider   01/04/21  
Newly written draft language for proposed boater safety legislation may help protect threatened manatees from being killed by boat strikes. Last year, 593 manatees were found dead in Florida. Of those, an estimated 90 died…

Mysterious Dolphin Deaths Linked To Climate Change In New Study

By Sara Tabin  Photo: Lightrocket via Getty Images   01/02/21  
In 2007, scientists studying dolphins in the Gippsland Lakes of South Eastern Australia noticed something alarming. Dead dolphins were washing up on shore, covered in skin lesions. Some of them looked like they had received…

5 Environmental Stories That Could Dominate In 2021

By Laura Paddison  Photo: Carlos Osorio/POOL/AFP via Getty Images   12/30/20  
As the climate crisis worsens, the coronavirus pandemic rages, and Joe Biden prepares to take office, a look at big environmental stories that could define the next year.

Arctic Animals’ Movement Patterns are Shifting in Different Ways as the Climate Changes

By Sofie Bates  Photo by Dominique Bertaeux Bylot   11/30/20  
For animals in the Arctic, life is a balancing act. Seasonal cues, such as warmer spring temperatures or cooler temperatures in the fall, tell animals when to migrate, when to mate, and when and where…

At Sea and in Court, the Fight to Save Right Whales Intensifies

By Rene Ebersole   11/17/20  
Artie Raslich has been volunteering for seven years with the conservation group Gotham Whale, working on the American Princess, a whale-watching boat based in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. In that time Raslich, a professional photographer, has…

Ocean warming spurs marine life to rapid migration

By Tim Radford  Photo: Laika ac, via Wikimedia Commons   06/15/20  
Far from the sunlight and even at the lowest temperatures, ocean warming is making marine life uncomfortable. The post Ocean warming spurs marine life to rapid migration appeared first on Climate News Network.

The International Space Station Just Became a Powerful Tool for Tracking Animal Migration

By Alex Fox   06/11/20  
The so-called ‘internet of animals,’ powered by an antenna aboard the ISS, will track thousands of creatures across the entire planet.

Will Climate Change Push These Amphibians to the Brink?

By Tara Lohan  Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0   04/06/20  
Aerial photos of the Sierra Nevada — the long mountain range stretching down the spine of California — showed rust-colored swathes following the state's record-breaking five-year drought that ended in 2016. The 100 million dead…

Poles attract marine life avoiding rising heat

By Tim Radford  Photo: Ian Parker on Unsplash   04/03/20  
In a warming ocean, some species will swim, others sink. But all agree: the poles attract marine life without exception. The post Poles attract marine life avoiding rising heat appeared first on Climate News Network.

American Robins Now Migrate 12 Days Earlier Than in 1994

By Sarah Fecht   04/01/20  
New GPS data show birds adjust to shifting snow conditions as climate warms

What if whale migration isn’t for food or calves?

By Starre Vartan  Photo by Birdiegal   03/05/20  
Sometimes it feels like we know all there is to know about the natural world. But when you talk to researchers in biology, ecology, geology or other science subjects, they'll tell you what we know…

Should elephants be considered refugees?

By Brandon Keim   02/26/20  
A refugee is by definition a human—but should elephants and other animals qualify, too?

Fifty years of data show new changes in bird migration

American Ornithological Society Publications Office   02/20/20  
A growing body of research shows that birds' spring migration has been getting earlier and earlier in recent decades. New research on Black-throated Blue Warblers, a common songbird that migrates from Canada and the eastern…

Major UN meeting on wildlife to address critical threats to migratory species

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) opened in Gandhinagar, India today.

Hundreds of billions of locusts — fueled by conflict and climate change — are swarming East Africa

By Max Bearak   02/12/20  
BORENA ZONE, Ethi­o­pia — From a distance, it looks like billowing smoke. But as it nears, the swarm of locusts comes into focus: billions upon billions of them, thick as a blizzard, uncountable as raindrops,…

Birds’ seasonal migrations shift earlier as climate changes

In what the authors believe is one of the first studies to examine climate change impact on the timing of bird migration on a continental scale, researchers report that spring migrants were likely to pass…

NASA Study Reveals Effect Of Largest Animal Migration On Climate

By Inigo Monzon  Photo: NASA / Timothy Marvel   11/28/19  
NASA released a new study detailing the largest known migration of ocean animals and its direct effect on Earth’s climate. The agency was able to monitor the migration using a space-based laser from a satellite.

Caribou migrate farther than any other known land animal

By Sofie Bates  Photo: K. Joly / National Park Service   11/19/19  
Land migrations may get shorter as infrastructure and climate change alter the environment

Alaska’s big whale mystery: Where are the bowheads?

As the Arctic struggles with climate extremes, the bowhead migration is two months late. If whales don’t arrive soon, “we’re going to go hungry,” one hunter said.

How a Rooftop Meadow of Bees and Butterflies Shows N.Y.C.’s Future

By Anne Barnard  Photo by Natalie Keyssar   10/27/19  
A Greenpoint building is part of a push to combat climate change and make the city more welcoming to wildlife.

Loons likely to disappear from Minnesota, new report warns

Minnesota is one of the country's fastest-warming states, largely because of its northern location and warming winters.

These State Birds May Be Forced Out of Their States as the World Warms

By Brad Plumer  Photo by Dan Johnston   10/10/19  
Each state in America has an official state bird, usually an iconic species that helps define the landscape. Minnesota chose the common loon, whose haunting wails echo across the state’s northern lakes each summer.

Climate change could lead to more conflict between species as they adapt and move, increasing extinctions

Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images   10/01/19  
For animal species to survive climate change, they will have to genetically adapt or shift their ranges - or both.

Wildlife Corridors

Large mammals, such as elk, mule deer and pronghorn, may travel hundreds of miles between lowlands where they winter and higher summer ranges. As new roads and subdivisions create barriers to traditional feeding and breeding…

Climate change will cause massive movement of wildlife, study says

A new study describes the future mass redistribution of plants and animals on Earth due to climate change.

As wolverines battle to survive, warming poses a new threat

By Douglas H. Chadwick   07/11/19  
By the end of the century, the small, fierce carnivores of the north could lose most of their habitat south of Canada because of climate change.

Scientists ‘thunderstruck’ after Arctic fox walks to Canada from Norway in 76 days

By Emma Snaith  Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland   07/02/19  
A young Arctic fox left researchers "thunderstruck" after it walked hundreds of miles across the ice from Norway’s Svalbard islands to northern Canada in a record 76 days.

Climate Change May Curtail Shorebirds’ Need to Fly North

By Tim Vernimmen  Photo: Vojtěch Kubelka   11/13/18  
Arctic predators have been eating twice as many shorebird eggs, threatening populations and potentially migration itself

See How Human Activity Is Changing Animal Migration Patterns

By Linda Poon   09/25/17  
A new book maps how animals navigate a world heavily altered by urban development and climate change.

Half of All Species Are on the Move—And We’re Feeling It

By Craig Welch   04/27/17  
As climate change displaces everything from moose to microbes, it’s affecting human foods, businesses, and diseases.

Climate change: global reshuffle of wildlife will have huge impacts on humanity

By Damian Carrington   03/30/17  
Mass migration of species to cooler climes has profound implications for society, pushing disease-carrying insects, crop pests and crucial pollinators into new areas, says international team of scientists

Visualizing Species Movements Due to Climate Change

By Justine E. Hausheer   08/19/16  
As climate change alters 
habitats and disrupts ecosystems, where will
 animals move to survive?
 And will human development prevent them from getting there?