The degrading climatic condition is posing serious threat to the animals, human beings and other living organisms. In this series, a new study has found that the climate change is threatening more than half the American bird species.
The researchers said that many bird species in the US is facing life threat as the climate change is putting their natural habitat on risk. The condition is more worrisome as at the same time these birds are not finding a suitable destination to migrate.
If the issue is not addressed urgently then the loss of habitat may drive their community to extinction.
Scientists say the years of conservation efforts have successfully contributed in controlling and even reversing the decreasing numbers of a variety of bird species in the United States. But the ongoing atmospheric depletion and rising levels of carbons are adversely influencing the region’s natural habitat.
“The most immediate threats are habitat loss. That is ongoing. Climate change might make it worse, but we can’t let it take our eye off the ball of protecting habitat now,” said Ken Rosenberg, director of conservation science in the Lab of Ornithology at the Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Out of the total 800 bird species, the research group has prepared a watch list of about 230 species that are in most deplorable condition.
The team studied the climatic changes range in 2020, 2050, and 2080 under low, medium, and high emissions scenarios for preparing the report card.
The study was carried on 588 species only. The researchers found only 274 of the 588 species climate-stable. The remaining 314 bird species were uncovered losing over half their current range in the three modeled scenarios of emissions.
126 of the 314 species were labeled as climate-endangered. Scientists said the range loss among all these 126 species comes with no compensating expansion elsewhere due to which they have no option left. While the rest 188 were called as merely climate-threatened as these birds could shift to new areas while searching for their habitat.
The condition is very worrisome in Hawaii as 23 of its 33 native species are named under the Endangered Species List.
The shocking findings have been published in the 2014 State of the Birds Report released on Tuesday. The report card was prepared by a 23-member conglomerate of US and Canadian wildlife agencies, environmental groups, and universities, including Cornell.
The study will be published in the journal Conservation Biology.
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