Climate Change and Clownfish
What is Climate Change?
Climate Change is the rapid change in climate due to increased level of carbon dioxide and other warming gases within Earth's atmosphere. Humans emit large amounts of greenhouse gases from factories, agriculture, transportation, and power sources into the atmosphere. Generally about half the light that reaches Earth makes it to the surface where it is then absorbed and reflected back into the atmosphere.Then most of the energy is absorbed and reflected by greenhouse gases. If there are to many greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the surface temperature begins to rise.
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Results of Climate Change
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Perhaps the most interesting thing about clownfish is their symbiotic relationship with sea anemones. This means that each organism relies on the other. Clownfish are the only fish that can touch anemones without being stung. This is due to a mucus-y layer coating the fish. Anemones provide clownish with a home and food while clownfish clean the food off the anemone. This created a symbiotic relationship between the two organisms.
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Clownfish are being affected
According to the Species Survival Commission, acidification reduces clownfish ability to find anemone homes. This issue is especially prominent for juvenile clownfish. The process can also reduce their immunity to anemone poison build up immunity again, clownfish have to perform a dance out in the open. This makes them easy prey to predators.
To get more informationvisit: https://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/fact_sheet_red_list_clownfish_v2.pdf or http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/acidification.html
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