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How We're Endangering Animals

HOW WE'RE ENDANGERING ANIMALS CLIMATE CHANGE HUMANS AFFECT CLIMATE CHANGE BY ADDING GREENHOUSE GASSES TO THE ATMOSPHERE, WHICH RAISE THE PLANET'S TEMPERATURE, CONSEQUENTLY MELTING ICE CAPS, RAISING SEA LEVELS AND WARMING OCEANS. CLIMATE CHANGE ALSO CREATES DROUGHTS, WHICH THREATEN ANIMALS' FOOD AND FRESH WATER SOURCES. THE LARGEST MAN-MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE COME FROM RUNNING FACTORIES AND POWER PLANTS, HEATING AND COOLING HOMES, AND DRIVING AUTOMOBILES. PENGUIN POPULATIONS HRUE DECLINED ABOUT ONLY ABOUT0% 3500ORTH OF LOGGERHERD AMERICAN TURTLES ARE FESMALÉ RIGHT WHALES Changes in temperature have 60% affected nesting conditions, STILL EXISI skowering their gender ratio. Antarctic penguins are vanishing due to a loss of habitat resulting from melting sea ice. POLAR BEARS AREJA PERCENT THINNER With rising ocean temperatures killing off their food, these whales can no longer properly bulk up for pregnancy. Rising temperatures are melting sea ice, leaving hungry polar bears with Tess hunting grounds. POACHING WHILE POACHING HAS VARIOUS EFFECTS, ITS MOST DIRECT AND DRASTIC IMPACT IS EXTINCTION, EITHER GLOBALLY OR REGIONALLY. POACHING IS THE ILLEGAL HUNTING, CAPTURE OR COLLECTION OF WILDLIFE. SNARING IS A COMMON FORM OF SUBSISTENCE POACHING THAT LEADS TO THE MAIMING OF MANY ANIMALS NOT INTENDED FOR CONSUMPTION. POPULATIONS OF ELEPHANTS, GORILLAS, RHINOS, LEOPARDS AND CHEETAHS HAVE BEEN DECIMATED BY POACHERS. ELEPHANT POPULATIONS WERE HALUED ONLY 3 2 BETWEEN 1981 AND 1989 There were 5 to 10 million African elephants in 1930 -- less than 1% of that number now exist. 1GERS REMAIN RHINO HORN IS MORE EXPENSIVE 58 THAN GOLD In some areas, an estimated 2 to 3 rhinos are killed per week for their horns, which are believed to have medicinal properties in Eastern medicine. In just over a century, poaching has led to the loss of 97% of wild tigers. HABITAT LOSS HABITAT LOSS MAY BE THE GREATEST THREAT TO BIODIVERSITY ON EARTH, BEING THE PRIMARY THREAT TO 85% OF SPECIES. MOST HABITAT LOSS IS DUE TO INTENSIVE HARVESTING AND EXPANSION OF AGRICULTURAL LAND. THE BIGGEST CAUSES INCLUDE LOGGING (BOTH LEGAL AND ILLEGAL), AGRICULTURE, OIL EXPLOITATION AND HUMAN DISASTERS. ORANGUTANS AMUR LEOPARDS ARE HAVE DISAPPEARED IN 100 YEARS CRITICALLY EÑDANGERED Logging in Indonesia for palm oil plantions has left the orangutan population critcally endangered. THERE ARE ONLY 1600 PANDAS IN THE WILD Much of the pandas' habitat has been destroyed by logging, with some areas under pressure from human development. Due to extensive habitat loss and conflict with humans, there are only 25 to 35 leopards left in the wild. TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN REDUCE CLIMATE CHANGE, UISIT EPA.GOV HELP PROTECT ANIMALS FROM POACHING; FIND OUT MORE AT WWF.ORG TO DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN HELP PRESERUE ANIMAL HABITATS, VISIT IFAW.ORG MENTA PROTECTION WWF IFAW SOURCE: EPA.GOU WWF.ORG NEAQ.ORG AFRICANCONSERVANCY.ORG Certification Map DESIGN BY FRANCESCA GREGGS & LEMONWOOD DESIGA. Teacher certification made simple

How We're Endangering Animals

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