As human beings, we continue to foul the nest we occupy, but in changing the climate of the earth because of our fossil fuel consumption, we’re also putting many species at risk of extinction.
That’s a conclusion of a National Audubon Society report released Monday showing the effects of climate change on North America’s bird population.
The report says: “Of the 588 North American bird species Audubon studied, more than half are likely to be in trouble. Our models indicate that 314 species will lose more than 50 percent of their current climatic range by 2080.
“Of the 314 species at risk from global warming, 126 of them are classified as climate endangered. These birds are projected to lose more than 50 percent of their current range by 2050. The other 188 species are classified as climate threatened and expected to lose more than 50 percent of their current range by 2080 if global warming continues at its current pace.”
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The study covered Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states.
Birds are sensitive to the changing climate conditions. Nations of the world — especially those that are industrialized — have to arrest the climate change trauma or risk more irreversible damage to the planet’s delicate ecosystem.