An overheating world is creating a big change in climatic conditions and this can harm the delicate ecosystems in which species live. Threatened species can already be found all over the world - see the examples below.
Species threatened by climate change
Climate change and global warming impacts on species in a number of ways.
Animals and plants that are suited to cooler climates will need to move polewards or uphill when the climate becomes even just that little bit warmer.
This process has been observed in many places – in the Alps, in mountainous Queensland in Australia, and in the misty forests of Costa Rica.
Fish in the North Sea have been observed moving northwards too – fish stocks that used to be common around Cornwall have moved as far north as the Shetland and Orkney Islands.
The impacts on species are becoming so significant that their movements can be used as on indicator of a warming world. They are the silent witnesses of the rapid changes being inflicted on the Earth.
Species at risk around the world
Read more about polar bears
This nest-warming trend is reducing the number of male offspring and seriously threatens turtle populations.
Read more about marine turtles
Read more about whales and dolphins
Read more about the giant panda
Read more about great apes
Read more about elephants
Read more about tigers