October 01, 2018
The reality of Global Climate Change is obviously upon us. Its potential adverse impacts on plants and animals cannot be overemphasized. One of the most endangered species of our time due to this phenomenon are the sea turtles. As weather conditions continue to change, the extinction of sea turtles and many other species in the next few decades is becoming imminent.
Global Climate Change has been attributed to several factors ranging from burning of fossil fuels to deforestation among several other human factors. These factors contribute to the increase in concentration of Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to the retention of heat by planet earth. The major effect of this is what is known as Global Warming which is evident in several environmental phenomena such as flooding and melting of the polar ice caps.
Altogether, there are currently seven species of sea turtles. Each of these species run the risk of becoming extinct due to Global Climate Change. Generally, sea turtles are affected by climate change in a number of ways. Some of these impacts with critical consequences are highlighted below:
Sea turtles are one of the oldest species in the world to have survived til this day. Given the threats to their existence as a result of climate change, we can prevent their extinction by taking steps to address global climate change. By this, we will be doing our biodiversity a major favor.
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