It’s Getting Hot Out There For Endangered Species.

Via Emily Nuchols
on Jan 5, 2011
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Even for the most die-hard climate change deniers, you’ve got to admit… It’s getting hot out there — and not in a good way.

Today, the Endangered Species Coalition released a report that spurs us to answer the question: if we are serious about protecting endangered species from climate change where do we begin? Well, the Coalition has some ideas… A panel of scientists identified the top 10 ecosystems to save in a warming world — i.e., these are the places we’ve got to save in order to save the world’s most iconic species. Yes, it’s kind of a big deal.

The scientists considered the ecosystem’s ecologic importance, significance for threatened and endangered species, climate change vulnerability, as well as the ecosystem’s potential to improve its resiliency to climate change via conservation measures.

The urgency for greatly expanding our commitment to conservation measures has never been higher. We still have time to save many of our ecosystems and endangered species. The American spirit is surely up to the task. This is an outline of where to start. Please join us in this call to action.

So, why save the world’s key endangered species? If you have to ask that question, we’ve got a bigger problem, but in short… Whether we like it or not, we’re all interconnected. And when we let one of these species blink out — no matter how tiny — it affects us. And the more we let go extinct, the more we feel it. Until ultimately, we’re the ones on the brink of extinction.

What do you think? Are you up to the task? The Coalition has also identified 10 things you can do to help. Ride your bike, change your light bulbs, conserve water, buy local… The choices you make today and everyday will decide if we save our endangered species… And ultimately ourselves.


About Emily Nuchols

An eco warrior obsessed with traveling and promoting conservation, Emily is the co-founder of Under Solen Media and the team’s go-to girl for everything non-profit and environment related. Armed with a B.A in Environmental Journalism from Western Washington University, she has spent the last few years on the frontlines of conservation efforts, working to save Pacific Northwest wild salmon and restore flee-flowing rivers. When she’s not talking or writing about the environment, she’s out exploring it, and is known to seek out places where she can get in a good morning yoga session or trail run.


4 Responses to “It’s Getting Hot Out There For Endangered Species.”

  1. Nicole C. says:

    Great report. Nice to see the Snake River Basin – the "Noah's Ark" for salmon in this country – identified as one of the top 10 places to protect. Now let's hope the Obama Administration takes the findings seriously and does what is necessary to protect these special places and the species that call them home.

  2. Mitch says:

    That’s a really compelling report. It’s so important that we begin to address the impacts of climate change on habitats vital to the survival of our rarest wildlife. The administration must take immediate action to protect these habitats.

  3. Guiseppe says:

    This is indeed an important report. It is really helpful to see these landscapes and systems highlighted and prioritized. The Snake River and its imperiled salmon will be given a HUGE boost if we decide to take the action – removing four costly dams – that the report and its scientists recommend. This is true also for the other critters and landscapes in this report.

    We have the information we need. Now we need the Administration and Congress to step up and address these problems / seize these opportunities. Hopefully Obama is feeling the heat too! Let's turn it up folks. Thanks ESC!

  4. sockeye says:

    Good stuff! Too bad for our salmon and the rest of the creatures that inhabit these special places that we've just installed a bunch of climate change deniers in Congress. It really is up to the President now and I hope he will step up and do what's necessary. Northwest salmon and most of these others critters can't wait much longer….

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