Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham.
Wildlife such as bluebells, bumblebees, snow leopards, and emperor penguins are threatened by the devastating consequences of climate change, according to a new report.
World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)’s Feeling The Heat report warns that climate change is warming oceans and landscapes, and increasing the frequency of heatwaves, floods, droughts, and wildfires, creating conditions that many species cannot cope with.
World wild animal populations have dropped by an average of 68 percent since 1970, and the report calls for action to protect and restore habitats from tropical forests to Welsh seagrass meadows and to reshuffle agriculture and land use.
The report highlights 12 species are currently at risk from climate change. In the UK, Atlantic puffins are being hit by more extreme storms and bad weather and a reduction in their seafood diet due to warming seas.
The report claims that temperatures are already one degree Celsius higher than levels before the Industrial Revolution. It argues that failure to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could cause catastrophic disruption.
The charity is urging world leaders to meet in Cop26 Glasgow in November to ensure measures are put in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the increase in global temperatures to below 1.5°C.