It’s to horrible to even listen to! Read on if you have the stomach for it. Oh, the poor animals.
Soaring temperatures last century may have been hard work for many species across the planet but, by the end of this century, those temperatures, once considered extreme, will become the norm for many of the world’s most delicate ecosystems.
Research suggests that, over the coming decades, increased temperatures and rainfall will put increased stain on the survival of the Global 200 ecoregions, threatening both plant and animal life.
The Global 200 is a set of ecoregions that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has classified as having exceptional biodiversity. They contain a high concentration of the earth’s species.
Notice the phrase “soaring temperatures”. One could only use the adjective “soaring” if they had not looked at the temperature record over the past century. On what planet is 0.7°C over a century (that’s 0.007°C/year) considered “soaring”?
Now let’s look at things from the perspective of geological time. The temperature of the Holocene interglacial peaked around 8000 years ago, where it was significantly warmer than today. Todays wildlife have obviously made it through this time. That being said, how does one define “extreme” temperatures? Animals have obviously experienced more extreme temperatures before (relative to today). What reference point do you use to define the average?