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Global warming is endangering species in THESE mountains, reveals study

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By Aabusad PathanPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
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Global warming, which can disrupt the delicate balance of ecosystems, is now becoming a huge issue for the survival of species in the mountain regions. A new study has revealed that species dwelling in 17 mountainous regions across the globe is facing the risk of being on the verge of extinction due to the impact of global warming.

This stark research was published in the journal Nature. Even as there is known information on how phenomenon like glacier retreat, shifts in vegetation zones, and loss of biodiversity can lead to havoc on mountain ecosystems. An international team of researchers, has now put a renewed spotlight on the alarming consequences of global warming in these regions.

The study conducted by the team, spearheaded by Academia Sinica in Taiwan, identified mountainous areas in diverse regions which are particularly vulnerable to the ravages of global warming.

These risk-prone regions include the Northeast Asia, Iran-Pakistan belt, Western America, Brazilian highlands, the Mediterranean basin, and Mexico.

The team has also showed an urgency on the meteorological monitoring stations in mountainous areas globally because they play a crucial role in understanding the interactions between weather patterns and mountain ecosystems. These stations provide valuable data on temperature, wind patterns, precipitation, humidity, and other meteorological parameters.

The research has introduced a new methodology to estimate climate velocities in mountainous terrains. This incorporates vital factors such as surface warming and humidity.

Study's lead author Dr Wei-Ping Chan reportedly explained, “The mountainous regions of Taiwan, like Japan, are more affected by humidity-induced high velocities than continental regions. Our study suggests that accounting for humidity is critical to fully understanding the variability of temperature isothermal shifts in mountainous areas worldwide."

Lead researcher Dr Sheng-Feng Shen, also from Academia Sinica, pointed out the challenges posed by data deficit.

Shen admitted that the "lack of meteorological observation data from mountains is both the most valuable and the biggest challenge of our study.”

As there is a dearth of a comprehensive data, the team is relying on different models.

“The unique characteristics of various mountain regions and the absence of local data mean that just because an area isn’t highlighted, doesn’t mean it’s unaffected,” Shen added.

Global warming is putting species at risk in the mountains, according to a new study. This research highlights the dangerous effects of rising temperatures on wildlife in these high-altitude regions.

Mountains are not just breathtaking landscapes; they are also home to a diverse range of plants and animals. However, as the Earth's temperature continues to climb, these species face increasing threats to their survival.

One significant impact of global warming is the loss of habitat. As temperatures rise, the delicate balance of ecosystems in the mountains is disrupted. Habitats that were once suitable for certain species are becoming inhospitable, forcing them to either adapt or migrate to higher elevations. Unfortunately, not all species can adapt quickly enough, leading to population declines and even extinctions.

Another consequence of global warming in mountainous regions is the disruption of natural cycles. Changes in temperature and precipitation patterns can affect the timing of key events such as flowering, migration, and hibernation. This mismatch between the timing of these events and the availability of resources can have serious repercussions for species relying on these cycles for survival.

Furthermore, global warming is exacerbating other threats already facing mountain wildlife. For example, invasive species may thrive in warmer temperatures, outcompeting native species for resources and further disrupting ecosystems. Additionally, extreme weather events such as heatwaves, storms, and droughts become more frequent and severe, directly impacting vulnerable mountain species.

The consequences of species loss in the mountains extend beyond the natural world. Many communities depend on these ecosystems for essential services such as freshwater, food, and tourism. The decline of species in these areas could have far-reaching implications for human well-being.

Addressing the threat of global warming requires urgent action on a global scale. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect and restore habitats, and promote sustainable practices are essential for preserving the biodiversity of mountain ecosystems. By taking action now, we can help ensure a future where these majestic landscapes continue to thrive with their rich diversity of life.

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