In this map, provided by indymedia.org.au, you can clearly see the melting pattern.
Currently 20,000 species disappear each year and if extinciton continues at its current rate, more than HALF of all species on earth today will be extinct by the end of the 21st century.
California sea otter (c) Tania Larson
That means one species is responsible for the fate of millions of other species. According to one study, global warming will threaten 15 – 37 percent of terrestrial species by the year 2050. Javan rhino
Birds are often the first animals to react to climate change-- their health tells scientists important information about the water and air in their habitat. Sadly, of 10,000 species of birds alive today, 1,200 are threatened with extinction.
Some scientists have had government officials ask them to deny, minimize or discount evidence of human-induced global warming, but 84 percent believe it exists.
Even a one degree change in average water temperature can trigger an overgrowth of fungus or parasites that threaten endangered wildlife.
Jeff Corwin's new book 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save the Earth's Most Endangered Species has lots more info about our ecosystem crisis. As he points out, some species have been saved by just a handful of dedicated people.
AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY: An autographed copy of this book will go to a commentor picked at random -deadline will be midnight on Saturday night, Oct. 17.
Today's post is part of Blog Action Day -this year raising awareness about climate change.