Environment

How Swinging Temperatures Threaten Many Creatures

Many groups of ectotherms, which make up more than 90 percent of all animals, are able to change their physiological function to cope with an altered environment, but the rapid pace and fluctuations of human-induced climate change present serious challenges to acclimation.  (Brian Gratwicke, CC BY)
Many groups of ectotherms, which make up more than 90 percent of all animals, are able to change their physiological function to cope with an altered environment, but the rapid pace and fluctuations of human-induced climate change present serious challenges to acclimation. (Brian Gratwicke, CC BY)

Animals that regulate their body temperature through the external environment may have the resilience to survive some climate change. But they may not be able...




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