Twitter chat to explore global warming wildlife impacts

Colorado moose
A moose cow and calves grazing near Berthoud Pass, Colorado. @bberwyn photo.

Biologists take to social media for a Q&A

Staff Report

All over the world, global warming is affecting different types of animals, as well as entire ecosystems.

Scientists don’t yet understand exactly what will happen to all plants and animals, but after decades of warming temperatures, they have a pretty good idea of how some species will be affected.

Moose, for example, appear to be moving northward in response to warming temperatures as they seek to avoid infestations of bothersome and disease-carrying ticks. And salmon, which need cold and clear water, have also been affected by parasites in the Yukon River.

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, climate change is having a dramatic effect ecosystems and wildlife. Here are 9 species that are already being impacted by climate change.

“If we don’t act on climate now, this list is just the tip of the iceberg of what we can expect to see in the years to come,” the agency said in a release, announced a special Twitter chat that will focus on climate change impacts to wildlife.

If you have questions about what climate change is doing to wildlife, join the chat Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 1 pm ET. Submit your questions on Twitter or Facebook using #askInterior or email them to us at (mailto:newmedia@ios.doi.gov).

 

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