Glacier Stoneflies are among the species which need protection due to climate change. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Zapada glacier and the Lednia tumuna should be added to the list of threatened species, under the Endangered Species Act. It seems that climate change has affected their habitat and now they are having big issues while trying to survive.
The glacier stoneflies are living in Northwest Montana. Unfortunately, scientists think those glaciers will be gone by 2030 because of global warming, so stoneflies could also disappear. Their extinction will be a huge loss for the habitat. They are very good indicators regarding water quality.
Glacier stoneflies are among the first organism that disappears if something is polluting the rivers. Another important role they have is about decomposing leaves and organic material. They are an important part of the food chain.
We do not know what the ecologists will do to protect the insect. However, they are having more options. The first one is taking them to places where they will be able to survive when the glaciers will be gone. Another idea is to raise stoneflies in the laboratory until scientists find a habitat for them.
In unusual for the Fish and Wildlife Service to be interested in species like these, because they are not having an economic value and most people are not aware of their ecological importance. However, it seems that the authorities began to understand the impact climate change can have on the living creatures.
Climate change is also responsible for putting in danger polar bears. They are having a hard time finding what to eat because the ice is melting. This makes impossible for them to go to other places and search for food. Global warming has made polar bears more dangerous to humans. Polar bears are not known for attacking people, but in the last months, they became a threat for us. We do not know what will happen to them after the ice will melt.
Glacier stoneflies and polar bears are just examples of what effects climate change can have on our planet. Even though it would take some time before the stoneflies will be added to the list, it is a good think that people are aware of the danger.
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