Humans are not the only ones facing rising global temperatures

28th September  2016

 

HUMANS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES, FACING RISING GLOBAL TEMPERATURES

On a daily basis, there are increasing amounts of news, data, articles, information in the media about the increasing issue of climate change.  Increasing concern about the planet from rising sea levels and accelerating temperatures. Sadly though with so much information, there is actually a danger that we may become immune to the warnings. Particularly as it seems there is little we – as an individual – that we can do anything about it. That, of course, is not strictly true.

However, it’s not just us humans that will feel the full force of climate change in the future, our closest cousin’s on Planet Earth, Gorillas, Orangutans, Lemurs, Apes, Monkeys and any type of Primate you can think of – will all feel the force of a shift in sea levels and it will not be a good one for them.

The problem for Primates is that the embittered species are already under fire from massive deforestation, particularly in Indonesia and Borneo.  Then, there is the threat from hunting and the sickening trade that bankrolls the exotic pet industry.

Those studying non-human Primates, found that of the 419 species – all will suffer from at least a minimum 10 per cent extra warming than the global average.  This is clearly down to the exposure to warmer climes inhabited by Lories, Tarsiers, Lemurs, Apes and Monkeys in general.

The worst-affected hotspots for global warming appear to be in the areas of Central America, Amazon jungle, vast rain forests of South Brazil, Eastern Asia and Southern Asian jungles like Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Papa New Guinea.  These are the key areas where primates live and the place they call home.

The highest magnitude of climate change is expected to affect the Barbary ape macaque as well as the Howler Monkeys.  This takes into consideration both warming and rainfall amounts.  They will experience a whopping 1.2c warming annually in its Venezuelan jungle home.

There will also be a five per cent decrease in rainfall – this is attributed to the constant deforestation of the jungle in that country.  As the trees are razed to make way for the logging industry and to create land for palm fields and cattle ranches, the rainfall will simply decline as the water cycle is interrupted and evaporation is reduced.

So as climate change will directly affect us humans – and there’s no doubt it will – spare a thought for the 419 species that make up our non-human primates, and know that they will find life even tougher than us.