Letter: Climate Change impacting wildlife

Published: 10/25/2021 7:00:14 AM

After reading the article on fall foliage, the various impacts of the climate crisis are an important issue here and across the country. NH is full of natural beauty. With the impending climate emergency, this state will lose much of that beauty and the wildlife will suffer from it. When I came to NH for the first time I was amazed by the flora and fauna everywhere. Carbon emissions are on the rise and pollution is increasing, causing plants and animal species to become extinct or migrate to other areas. Moose and brook trout are two species that have been greatly impacted. Moose sightings have become far less frequent because they’ve needed to move where temperatures stay colder.

Brook trout live in areas with a more moderate temperature and cannot stay when temperatures increase for long periods of time. A statistic that should be known and emphasized is how much the global temperature has risen. Over the past century, the global temperature has increased by 1.5 degrees. That might not seem like a large increase, but the temperature will continue to rise, and everywhere on earth will feel the impact. Increasing annual precipitation totals are another area of concern. Extreme precipitation totals cause flooding which destroys many habitats. Most animals are not adapted to live in warming climates and extreme weather. By promoting environmental action, these issues stay in the spotlight and hopefully cause a shift in thinking to live more environmentally friendly and urge officials to pass legislation that supports change.

Michael Shannon



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