Climate Change and Endemic Species


by Marina de Castro Deus

The great increase of species extinctions due to human-related habitat destruction, pollution, overharvesting and global climate change, often force conservationists to choose which species to help. Usually species that are poor dispersers, with few populations, low reproduction rates, or very specific environmental requirements, reproductive site or feeding habits, are most vulnerable to extinction. Endemic species, limited to a specific habitat, fall under the list of vulnerable species, small changes in their niche, including temperature, can be enough to destabilize the population to the point of extinction. Continue reading