Over the course of human history, we have learned a great deal about our planet. We have learned the names of all the countries (and the capitals) and of all the continents, longitude and latitude locations, and even the exact times of day when the sun rises and sets. We can even accurately predict the weather two weeks into the future.
But what about the animals? Over the last few centuries, we have improved our ability to track the wild animals that live on Earth. We have also learned that they can survive in harsh climates, extreme weather events, and even some of the worst natural disasters that can occur. We’ve also learned that some animals can live comfortably in harsh climates, while others prefer to live in the more temperate
We all know that animals are going to suffer the most from climate change—especially if we continue to burn fossil fuels and release carbon into the atmosphere at the rate we are doing now. But what species will survive the harshest extremes? Will the polar bears be the canary in the coal mine, or will they take a long vacation to avoid the heat? Which of the animals will be able to survive climate change?
Animals: Survivors of Climate Change
The world’s ecosystems are under enormous pressure. Climate change, human population growth, and pollution are all contributing factors that are likely to lead to unprecedented changes in Earth’s creatures. However, some species are likely to thrive in the future, while others are likely to become extinct. Here are the animals that will live and survive climate change:
- Threespine Stickleback – Threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus trispinosus) are small fish that inhabit the muddy bottom of lakes and streams in the Pacific Northwest. How is it likely to survive? This particular fish has changed to become more resistant to the effects of climate change through a process of evolution. The fish have had to change in order to survive a changing climate, and their genes have changed.
- American bullfrog – With wind and drought becoming increasingly intense, the American bullfrog is among the species most likely to survive a warmer future, according to a new study. The findings suggest that the bullfrog, like other amphibians, may be able to adapt to a warmer, drier environment.
- Deer – they are not only adaptable, but they can also provide a valuable service to farmers and landowners. In fact, deer provide fertilizer that helps plants grow. They also help control pests that destroy crops and damage gardens. And they are a known food source for many predators.
- Thermophiles or heat-adapted organisms – Scientists are saying that most mammals will become extinct by 2070 due to climate change. However, it is the Thermophiles that will survive. This is because thermoregulation is their forte. These animals have a higher body temperature compared to other mammals.
- Brown Argus Butterfly – This butterfly is one of the species that will survive climate change, according to a study. The researchers found that, despite experiencing severe habitat loss, habitat loss, and fragmentation, as well as cyclones and droughts, the butterfly has adapted well to the threats that it faces from climate change.
- Albatross – Despite their huge size, albatrosses have a low metabolic rate, and can go for days without eating or drinking, and live to be over 40 years old. Their diet is entirely comprised of krill and small fish, and they don’t produce any waste.
- Anole – is a small lizard, and its main predators are snakes like the boa and coral snake. Found in the Caribbean, anoles are well adapted to the warm temperatures that are expected to prevail in the future.
- Long-Tailed Tits – scientists discovered that long-tailed tits have adapted to high temperatures, as their muscles, heart, and kidneys can handle temperature fluctuations about twice as much as the average bird, and their metabolism remains stable during the winter months.
- Cockroaches –are just one of the many insects that have an uncanny ability to adapt to changing weather, environment, and climate conditions. They are also almost completely resistant to many pesticides, meaning they’re one of the animals that will survive the future of climate change.
Humans have been trying to understand how to make the world a better place for a long time. We have invented all sorts of tools and strategies to improve the quality of life for people and animals. Now, we’ve reached a point where we know we can’t do much to change the climate, so we need to work on how to make the human race and the animals survive the effects of climate change.