Endangered by Global Warming : Monarch Butterfly
- Broad Range: The monarch spends at least part of its life in all of the lower 48 states.
- Miraculous Migration: They carry on one of the most spectacular seasonal migrations of any creature on Earth - and it takes multiple generations to complete.
- Habitat Threats: Climate change is threatening both their wintering grounds in Mexico (due to wetter mountain winters) and their summer breeding grounds (due to hotter, drier summers in eastern U.S. and Canda).
- Small Critter, Big Loss: Because of the monarch's vast migration, their decline could have seriously negative impacts on the pollination of plants across the country.
It may not yet ring true for many Americans, but the warming planet is already changing habitat for countless species – in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
For most species threatened by global warming, other human activities over many years have already pushed them to the brink. One of the great tragedies is that after so many years of trying to right these wrongs, global warming threatens to reverse our conservation gains.
Here's the brutal truth: If we don't take action now to dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, these and hundreds of thousands other species are doomed.
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