Extinction Cascades

This is how most of biodiversity loss from climate change will happen [1]. Some species are killed by just small changes in temperature [3] – that’s bad. On the flipside, other species may be able to cope with the temperature change. Wait, not so fast. Even if a species can cope, their food may not be able to. In general, if the survival of a species depends on the survival of another, they themselves will also suffer [3]. For example, a bird may starve because there are not enough insects to eat [3]. This can lead to “extinction cascades”. An extinction cascade is caused when the extinction of one species leads to the extinction of others, and so on [2]. Next, we’ll look at how climate change is altering how animals behave.


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