Thursday, 7 March 2019

Environmental News : Endangered Species

By now we are all familiar with America’s president, Donald Trump. We all know that he does not believe in climate change and does very little or nothing to improve this problem. But now he is also  taking out protections from endangered species in America. So here are two species that are endangered due to climate change and human garbage, which we should try to protect. 

The first is the Rusty Patched Bumblebee

This bumblebee has reduced in population 90% thanks to pesticides we put on the plants and habitat loss from destroying natural areas to make more houses or roads. This bumblebee, as any other, is crucial for the reproduction of plants since they are in charge of pollinating the plants. The American administration stopped a plan to protect this crucial animal but later on letting it go on after a legal fight concerning the administration and the people who wanted to do the plan.

Secondly we have the Leatherback Turtle 

A decade ago these turtles were not in danger, actually there had been a slight increase of their population over the Atlantic but know there are “huge declines” Dr Justin Perrault says which is the director of research in the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. The turtles having to go to Florida to lay their eggs, there reduction in population is due to sea level rises that are happening there which drown the turtle’s nests on the beach. Furthermore they are also being strangled, chocked or caught in discarded fishing nets and the pollution and climate changes are not helping with this problem. The administration is now considering to downgrade these turtles protective status from endangered to threatening.

Thanks to Gabriela for preparing this excellent post!

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