Panda-modium on the earths climate

Rosie Dean, the Giant Panda

Climate change and its effects

Climate change is not a myth, and neither is global warming. Although those two things are different, they are both important, relevant topics. On the side of global warming, the earths temperatures have raised an average of 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit and are estimated to rise further. The month of March 2016 was the hottest recorded since the 1800's. These are serious matters, and all just on the fact of earths rising temperatures. Climate change refers more to the matter of greenhouse gasses and Carbon Dioxide. The greenhouse effect describes the CO2 layer on the earth that keeps the earth warm by absorbing the Suns energy but also protecting earth from the freezing temperatures of outer space. By burning fossil fuels and releasing more and more CO2 into the atmosphere, the greenhouse gas levels increase and in turn makes the earth warmer. That has multiple dangers, animals and humans alike.

The temperature levels rising causes many problems, as anyone can imagine. Companies all over the world have advertised the idea of ice glaciers melting, for example, the Coca Cola commercial with polar bears. Glaciers melting is still very relevant to today, because as the glaciers melt, ocean levels rise. Right now, the sea level is rising at an average of about 3 mm a year, with an estimated 1 meter rise by 2100 if CO2 levels aren't fixed. The sea rising forces people to move more inland, and with the one meter rise of the ocean, people would have to move about 5 meters inland. In the Middle East, scientists have concluded that the reason behind several civil wars is because of drought and famine. The climate is getting hotter, and as water becomes less available, so does food. That effects human behavior greatly, especially in third world countries.

The Giant Panda

The Giant Panda, or just Panda, is a carnivore that tends to live in forests that are densely populated by bamboo. This is because the panda's diet is 99% bamboo. On two legs, the panda can stand from 4 to 6 feet tall. The males can weight about 250 pounds and the females rarely weigh up to 220 pounds. They have been recorded as old as 35, but they grow to be older in captivity than in the wild. They are fully maturye from 4 to 8 years, and start to reproduce then. They are also very endangered.

Climate change is effecting all animals, all over the world. Pandas are endangered already, but with the levels of climate change happening right now, Pandas are expected to die off by the end of the 21st century. Climate changes are heavily affecting bamboo growths, which are the main and only source of food for Pandas in the wild. Only 17% percent of the worlds panda population are wild. Climate change isn't the only thing affecting the panda population. Humans are cutting down on the pandas as well. Humans continually cut down on the habitats of the pandas, effectively cutting down on the population. And because pandas are already endangered, if climate change continues as it is now, pandas may become extinct.