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Climate Change Pushing Species Extinction by ClimateYou Senior Editor George Ropes

The Guardian has just published an article entitled, “The Terrifying Phenomenon that is Pushing Species towards Extinction,” by freelance science journalist David Derbyshire and about how climate change is contributing to the rise in mass mortality events (MMEs).  A study by the National Academy of the Sciences found 727 such events involving more than 2400 animal populations since 1940. They have occurred around the world, afflicting antelope-like saiga in Kazakhstan, flying foxes (aka fruit bats) in Australia, as well as sardines, anchovies, and starfish along the Atlantic coast. Disease triggered by climate change (heat, cold, humidity, oxygen stress, starvation) causes about 1/4 of the die-offs, climate change alone another 1/4, and human-caused conditions like pollution about 1/5. The frequency and the severity of MMEs seems to be increasing year by year. Scientists expect additional species to be impacted, including reindeer and elk. They are on the lookout because MMEs can push any species toward extinction. Since climate is implicated in about half of all MMEs, the best preventive measure humans can take is to clamp down hard on the greenhouse gases that cause most climate change

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  1. Evidently, heat is increasing globally on a daily basis. If humanity does not take heed to these warning signs and symptoms, catastrophic destruction will unfold. At some point, humanity may be forced to conform with established prerequisites to mitigate high temperatures. In my opinion, I believe that mankind must collectively use their abilities in such a way to protect planet Earth and avoid mass mortality events.
    Some species of plants and animals will not survive heat waves. These negative factors will adversely contribute to Global Food Shortage. In view of the above-mentioned, I strongly suggest that stricter policies be legitimately established and actively enforced in order to restrict humanity from adding to Greenhouse gases which can take Earth to the abyss of no return.

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