As the temperatures keep rising, wildlife couldn’t possible experience other than unpleasant effects. Mammal, birds and insect species are equally threatened by the process of climate change, and scientists predict that a fight for survival awaits them. Glacier stoneflies are no exception, as the ever-warming environment affects them too.
Just like the animals living in the Arctic, glacier stoneflies are also among the main victims of global warming. They rely on a constant low temperature in order to survive. Their natural habitat and life conditions are severely affected, as specialists suggest.
Authorities at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are concerned about the situation of insects living in alpine areas. This is why they decide to take action. They require the protection of the Endangered Act Species for two insect species, namely the meltwater lednian stonefly, and the western glacier stonefly. They are both considered to be threatened.
Wildlife experts explain that these insects live by cold streams and rivers originating from glaciers. However, if global warming keeps advancing at the estimated rates, glaciers might melt and disappear. Specialists believe that they will last for less than twenty years from now on. As a result, glacier stoneflies might be on the verge of extinction.
Conservation strategies are widely concerned about mammals such as wolverines and grizzly bears, but scientists warn that these insects are important too. They have an important role in local ecosystems. Experts highlight the fact that presence of glacier stoneflies by cold waters suggests the well-being of the ecosystem. They also stand as the base of the food chain.
Some of the specialists indicate that one of the best solutions for saving insects in alpine regions is moving them somewhere else, where there are proper conditions for them. They also consider the possibility of taking the insects to laboratories.
Glacier stoneflies are one of the few species that are directly threatened by climate change, as experts state. There are other species protected by law, but they also face other primary threats, other than global warming. For the time being, only polar bears are listed as the species severely affected by warm temperatures.
Climate change affects not only species but the entire ecosystem. Regions characterized by snow, ice, and low temperatures are the best indicators of the phenomenon. If asked to observe the effects of global warming, the Poles and alpine areas should be the first to look at. However, environmentalists hope to save as many species as possible.
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