To mark Climate Week (21-27 March 2011) we have launched new climate change pages where you can learn about the species that are being affected, read the facts, and find out what you can do to help. These pages have been created with support from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to help raise awareness of the plight of species being affected as a result of global climate change.
Climate change refers to man-made changes in our climate. It is often also called ‘global warming’, as one of the most well-known effects of climate change is a steady rise in the Earth’s temperature.
Not just polar bears and penguins
Global climate change will affect species from all over the planet, not just those at the poles. Scientists predict that man-made climate change could contribute to a mass extinction of wildlife in the near future.
Other effects include sea levels getting higher, and extreme weather events like hurricanes and droughts becoming more common. Many animals are struggling to survive as their habitat changes.
How you can help
We can all help tackle climate change.
Here are some actions that you can take:
reducing, reusing and recycling products that you buy;
walk or take public transport where possible so that you use a car less often;
insulate your home better so that you do not need to use so much energy to heat it;
or simply spread the word and tell your friends and family about climate change and what they can do to help.
Although each action may be small, if many people make small changes it will add up to make a big difference.
View ARKive’s featured pages on climate change.
Browse a list of all ARKive’s species that are affected by climate change.