Global warming -- also known as climate change -- is endangering species around the globe. Melting ice, rising sea levels and increased temperatures are a threat to animals on almost every continent. Displacement from their natural habitats and scarcity of food due to the effects of climate change may cause these endangered animals to eventually become extinct.
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The survival of polar bears is being challenged by climate change. Polar bears are capable of swimming; however, they primarily walk on floating ice caps while looking for food. These ice caps are melting at an alarming rate, making it difficult for the bears to maintain a healthy diet. According to National Wildlife Federation, polar bears may be decreased to a third of their current population by the year 2050.
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Global warming is causing droughts in countries such as Indonesia. Orang-utans that reside in Indonesia are suffering the consequences of these droughts; their habitat is quickly being destroyed by excessive wildfires. Without adequate precipitation to control the wildfires, there isn't much hope for the future of the orang-utan species. Without human intervention, orang-utans could be extinct within decades.
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Giant pandas -- native to China -- are being endangered by climate change. Their diet revolves around bamboo, a crop that is threatened by rising temperatures. Giant pandas could easily become extinct if their food supply is shortened. According to the World Wildlife Federation, there are only 1,600 wild pandas remaining in the world.
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The world's wild tiger population has decreased to just over 3,000 during the last 100 years, according to the World Wildlife Federation. In addition to the threat of poachers, tigers are being endangered by the changing climate. If the current projections and the general scientific consensus are correct, the land used by tigers in India will soon be lost to rising water levels. Water levels are rising because of the influx in melting ice in the polar caps due to global warming.