Climate Signals summary: Wildlife species in Africa are struggling to survive as the region is reeling from recent flooding and other extreme weather events such as heat waves and drought, which have been attributed to human-caused climate change.
Devastating floods in South Africa this week, as well as other extreme weather events across the continent linked to human-caused climate change, are putting marine and terrestrial wildlife species at risk, according to biodiversity experts.
Africa has already faced several climate-related woes in the past year: the ongoing fatal floods follow unrelenting cyclones in the south, extreme temperatures in western and northern regions, and a debilitating drought which is currently afflicting eastern, central and the Horn of Africa.
“Climate change is disrupting ecosystems and affecting the survival and suitability of species to live in their usual habitats,” said Shyla Raghav, who heads the climate change division at Conservation International. "“Massive disruption to ecological stability will occur if adequate adaptation and mitigation measures are not implemented."
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