Hi it's Jon from the 8 Billion Trees team with a climate news update to keep you informed on the latest happenings within the climate community...
Some animals are now very literally changing in body shape as a response to climate change and warming temperatures, according to a new scientific review.
In an attempt to better regulate body temperatures, animals are growing larger appendages as their body sizes shrink. In other words, wingspans are increasing as animals get smaller.
"It means animals are evolving, but it does not necessarily mean that they are coping with climate change. We can see that some species have increased in appendage size so far, but we don't know if they will be able to keep up as the climate crisis worsens," explained Sara Ryding, one of the researchers involved in the review.
"We also don't know whether these shape-shifts actually aid in survival (and therefore are beneficial) or not. This phenomenon of shape-shifting shouldn't be seen as a positive, but rather it is alarming that climate change is pushing animals to evolve like this, under such a relatively short timeframe."
Climate Change the Greatest Threat to Public Health
As our climate and planet warms at a rapid pace, more than 200 medical journals and scientists released a joint statement that warns climate change is now the "greatest threat" to global public health.
They are urging world leaders to take drastic steps to curb emissions and stop the effects before our planet reaches a tipping point of no return.
"No temperature rise is 'safe'," the statement says. "In the past 20 years, heat-related mortality among people over 65 years of age has increased by more than 50%."
They are calling for a restoration of biodiversity that will not just curb emissions but also restore nature.
Reforestation projects have a major part to play in the solution, and it's why our team is working year round to expand our planting in the subtropic rainforests where trees will have the biggest impact for carbon sequestration and habitat restoration.
1 in 3 Trees Face Extinction
At least 30% of tree species on the planet now face a threat of extinction, according to a new report.
More than 17,000 species at risk, double the amount of threatened animals and birds.
Climate groups are calling for urgent protection of tree species.
"For a healthy world, we need tree species diversity. Each tree species has a unique ecological role to play." - Sara Oldfield, Global Tree Specialist Group of the IUCN
Any successful reforestation project must protect existing trees, in addition to planting new ones. It's one of the main criteria that our team makes sure to meet when we launch a planting operation.
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