Industrialization has had a significant positive impact on the world, leading to many modern benefits. But with industrialization also came pollution, and the proliferation of carbon emissions has had a severe effect on the environment, leading to climate change.
That has been felt most profoundly in the animal world, in places such as the Arctic region, the savannahs in Africa, and the oceans.
The burning of fossil fuels has the largest impact as it generates carbon dioxide that traps heat in the atmosphere. The resulting increase in Earth’s temperature is raising sea levels as glaciers are melting, and the temperature in our oceans is becoming warmer, which is increasing the acidity level in the sea.
Droughts are becoming longer, destroying crops and drying up freshwater supplies. This is putting our planet’s rich diversity of life in danger, from polar bears in the Arctic regions, to sea turtles in our oceans.
24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the animals likely to go extinct due to climate change. We used data and information on the conservation status of the most at-risk animals from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, an international non-governmental organization that works to preserve wilderness and reduce human impact on the environment.