Climate Change

Climate change is dramatically shaping our world today with extreme weather events happening more often.  We are also experiencing changes to our weather patterns, for example, warmer winters and earlier springs.  This has a knock on effect on wildlife, for example, when to hibernate, migrate and reproduce. 

The shorter flowering season also means less food for insects and birds, such as bumblebees, and butterflies.

Due to climate change,  invasive species move into new habitats, competing with our native species for space, shelter and food.   Human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels, which produces heat-trapping gases [1].

References

[1] What Is Climate Change? | United Nations  (https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/what-is-climate-change)

Image Credits

Seefin Mountain Heath & Bog

Seefin Mountain Heath. Credit: Ronja Crede

Curraheen River Cork

Curraheen River. Credit: Kerri Sonnenberg

Strickeen Mountain Heath & Bog

Strickeen Mountain Heath & Bog. Credit: Ronja Crede

Red fox cub

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