Climate change causes a severe threat to humans’ places, animals, and livelihoods. But do you know it causes break-ups?

Shocking, right? While many of us blame our partner or situation for being apart from loved ones, some species cheat with their companion due to CLIMATE CHANGE.

How true is it? And who is suffering? Let’s begin with how climate is impacting us.

Climate Change Impacts 

Floods because of climate change
Floods because of climate change | Image Credit – Flickr

Climate change is predicted to result in an extra 250 000 deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 due to starvation, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress.

Climate change is one of the challenging issues of our generation. With rising seas, devastating wildfires, and water shortages, we are already experiencing the consequences. 

These changes have a significant influence on varied ecosystems and the species that live in these areas. Climate warming is already having an impact on nine species.

A range of causes can contribute to climate change. As a result of climate change, temperatures may rise dramatically.

As the temperature rises, a wide range of changes can occur on Earth. More floods, droughts, or heavy rain are possible results, as with more frequent and severe heat waves. 

As a result of climate change, Oceans and glaciers have also changed: they have warmed and become more acidic, glaciers have melted, and sea levels have risen. 

When these shifts occur more frequently in the coming decades, they will undoubtedly cause difficulties for our society and environment. 

Can climate change lead to breakups?

In a 15-year study published in the Royal Society journal, researchers looked at 15,500 breeding pairs in the Falkland Islands.

In human language, albatross divorce is essentially cheating. It occurs when one-half of a pair couples with a separate person.

The increased stress temperature anomalies placed on the albatrosses and their surroundings are most likely the cause of the increase in breakups. 

As a result of these environmental pressures, stress hormones such as corticosterone may accumulate.

Divorce caused by the environment

Climate change causing albatross divorce
Climate change causing albatross divorce | Image Credit – BBC

Divorce caused by environmental factors may be an unnoticed effect of climate change. In albatrosses, the divorce rate has risen. 

Divorces more than doubled from 3.7 percent to 7.7 percent during the most significant temperature anomaly studied, which occurred in 2017.

The birds who did not attempt to breed or failed to reproduce effectively were the ones who were most affected by the divorces. 

When breeding was not attempted, just 8% of males retained a mate, compared to 11% females. 

The study comes during times when many albatross populations worldwide are in peril.

According to statistics from 2017, the number of breeding pairs of the species is around half of what it was in the 1980s.

Are Humans responsible for such breakups?

Deforestation
Deforestation | Image Credit – Flickr

Yes, they are! Over the last century, human activities have released significant volumes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Most of the gases are released due to the burning of fossil fuels for energy.

Greenhouse gases operate like a blanket, trapping energy and warming the atmosphere. This confinement is known as the greenhouse effect, and it is both natural and necessary for the survival of life on Earth. 

When greenhouse gases build-up, the climate alters, endangering human health and ecosystems. 

Thousands of years have passed since the last ice age ended, people have adapted to a relatively stable environment. 

A warmer temperature may influence our water sources, agriculture, electrical and transportation networks, the natural environment, and even our health and safety. 

Human activities such as driving automobiles, farming, deforestation, and industrialization result in greenhouse gas production. 

These gases clump together in the atmosphere, trapping the sun’s heat. This cluster causes global warming and other processes that result in climate change. 

This list of animals suffering from breakups is simply the tip of the iceberg of what we might expect in the following years if we do nothing about human induced climate change today. These animals should not be confined to history books for future generations.

Climate change affecting the mating process

Climate change appears to be wreaking havoc on almost everything. The list of harmful impacts of climate change is vast, from rising sea levels to ocean acidification. However, one aspect of climate change that is frequently overlooked is sex.

Warmer temperatures, scientists have discovered over the last two decades, are quietly ruining the mood, which is making it harder for plants and animals to reproduce.

Climate change affects mammalian mating systems by limiting the available resources, restricting migration, and altering the costs of meeting sexual partners.

Climate change is unavoidable in some cases, and nothing can be done to prevent it. 

Carbon dioxide, for example, may last for over a century in the atmosphere, meaning that the Earth will continue to warm in the future.

Conclusion 

Sea levels are advancing, and the oceans are warming. Droughts that continue longer and are more severe put farms, wildlife, and freshwater sources in jeopardy. 

The richness of life in our world is threatened by climate change, from polar bears in the Arctic to sea turtles off the coast of Africa. 

To appropriately handle this catastrophe, we must reduce carbon emissions as soon as possible and prepare for the effects of global warming, which we are currently witnessing.

Rishu Shakya, a bachelor’s degree graduate in Business Information Management, holds an extraordinary empathy towards mother nature and her ecosystem. She has always been captivated by green Earth and its charm. She regards spreading awareness about clean energy and sustainable development as her passion as well as responsibility. She believes her compassion about the Earth and human relationships will undoubtedly assist our planet to be a better place.