The Impact of Climate Change on Australian Fauna

647 WordsFeb 24, 20183 Pages
Climate change has been a long debated issue which is affecting Australia’s wide variety of fauna and flora which are unique to its lands. Due to climate change, we are damaging the current status of our fauna and flora. But the question is how does climate change affect our fauna and flora? According to most climate scientist the main cause of the current climate change is due to global warming which is caused by “human expansion of the "greenhouse effect" -- warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space” (Global Climate Change, 2014). With this trapped heat, Australia’s average temperature will gradually increase by an extra 1.5ᵒC by 2020 (Cooper & Dorey, 2013). Although this small rise in temperature may seem negligible to most people, however, it causes a drastic change to its extreme which may lead to more droughts, fires and floods which in hand affects the flora and fauna of Australia (Cooper & Dorey, 2013). Due to the rise in temperature, most Australian animals will be required to migrate to locations with climate conditions which are suitable for them for breeding, nesting, growing or feeding (The Problems That Climate Change Causes for Wildlife, 2013). A great example would be the whale. Whales require vast amount of krill for its diet. However, with the increase in temperature of the ocean, krill population will decrease as they only live within a small range of
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