A new RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), report states that UK wildlife has been affected by climate change. These effects are expected to intensify over the next century according to the authors. The RSPB’s report titled “The Nature of Climate Change” reviewed current evidence and concluded that many of Europe’s beloved wildlife species, including bees, face a grave threat from global warming. This will only get worse in the coming decades. According to a new survey, the UK public cares more about climate change’s effects on wildlife than other impacts. Because the North Sea’s new plankton is less nutritious than the old, Kittiwakes main food source (sand-eels) are now in serious trouble. Martin Harper, Director of Conservation at the RSPB, stated that climate change poses the biggest threat to wildlife and people over time. Already we are seeing the effects of climate change and along with other pressures at sea and on land, wildlife is becoming more at risk. The most striking examples of wildlife damage in Europe and the UK can be found in the report. – Extreme weather events: These have increased in frequency and severity due to climate change. This will increase in frequency, and the time between each severe event is expected to decrease. Extreme weather conditions can cause significant harm to wildlife. For example, wet or windy springs can lead to mass death of shags (large-sized, dark, long-necked, similar-looking birds to cormorants). The UK is home to 45% about half of all shags in the world. If the spring is extremely windy and wet, shag populations could be decimated. These adverse climates are more frequent due to climate change. The Environment: Wildlife will thrive only in the right climate. One third of European bumblebee species could be out of range 80% by the end of this century. Local authorities, government agencies, and other relevant organizations must ensure that protected areas are well managed. They also need to create new protected areas. It is important to take steps that make the landscape more wildlife-friendly. Divergence in Species: The location, number and timing of different species are changing. The North Sea is experiencing changes due to climate change, which has knock-on effects on plankton communities. Concerningly, the new plankton species may be less suitable for their replacements as food for sand eels. This is a small fish that is important for Kittiwakes (medium-sized seabirds with small eyes and yellow bills and small bill) as well. In recent years, the kittiwake populations have declined by . The RSPB believes that climate change is to blame. Wildlife moving: As the climate heats up, wildlife will have to relocate to seek out the best environments. These changes are causing species to colonize new regions. The current and future distribution plans for the Dartford Warbler. The blue squares indicate where the climate is favorable for this species; those marked with yellow are areas where it is expected to disappear. Data Source: RSPB. Since 1900., more than 120 have settled in the British Isles. The small red-eyed damselflies are spreading throughout the country, having been first seen in the UK’s 1999,. Some species, however, are leaving Britain in search of cooler climates further north. There is a possibility that wildlife may have to move into places where there are no habitats. Brits are most concerned about wildlife. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, (ECIU), recently conducted a survey that showed that 79% Britons were more concerned about the impacts of climate change on wildlife than they were about flooding (72%), and heat waves (50%).. Richard Black, Director of ECIU said that this surprising result shows people are more worried about climate impacts than flooding (72%), food prices (60%), heat waves and heat waves 50. Marylyn Evans (NFWI Vice Chair) said that members of the WI have a history of taking action to preserve wildlife. She also stated that they are calling for more funding for honeybee research and protection of the environment. Martin Harper concluded that “the report is a strong signal that governments around the globe must act quickly to reduce climate change. The UN climate talks in Paris are the best opportunity for them to achieve this. The UK and other countries need to ensure that they are supporting international ambitions with actions back home. This includes support for the transition to low-carbon energy systems. “For wildlife, it will be necessary to manage more land and sea areas, both in protected areas as well as in the countryside and oceans. It is clear that the European Union’s Special Protection Areas are helping wildlife adapt to changing climates. “Projections indicate that the importance of protected areas for wildlife will not diminish, even as new species emerge. We will therefore need to have more. It is important that the laws they depend on such as Nature Directives are maintained and implemented better. It means identifying more land- and sea-based areas and managing them according to high standards for wildlife.” This appeal is to all Europeans. European leaders are trying to weaken laws protecting wildlife. The RSPB urgently calls on Britons to join thousands of other voices and protect nature. SPEAK UP! Video – Nature’s home: An RSPB video showing how people can make nature their home.
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