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A new all-inclusive study named “Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being”, published Friday in Science, showed some species moving to cooler areas of the planet to survive the climate change, media reports said.
The study pointed out that addressing climate change should go hand in hand with the effects of biodiversity redistribution but unfortunately this is not being incorporated in most adaptation strategies.
Authors of the study, Tero Mustonen and Kaisu Mustonen, published on March 31, 2017 in Science said that the geography of life being shifted due to climate change will directly effect the work of the human beings causing the disruption of the ecological structure of the planet.
Sockeye salmon are just one species that is being impacted by warming ocean water and more acidic conditions caused by climate change and they need to stay in cool water in order to survive.
"We will enter a century of unprecedented change," said Mustonen who is from Finland, works for an Arctic NGO called Snowchange, and has also spent two decades researching in British Columbia said that due to the shortage of time policy makers of climate change needed to be more careful in making decisions.
For the last 25,000 years, said Mustonen, it is the biggest change in species which will have profound consequences for British Columbia where province's iconic salmon is already being affected by warmer ocean temperatures.
According to the report, this is happening all across the planet and the, "shifts will leave winners and losers in their wake, radically reshaping the pattern of human well-being between regions and different sectors and potentially leading to substantial conflict."
The study and its authors hoped to convince policy makers to include the well-being of species as they try to manage climate change.
Mustonen’s research findings about the traditional knowledge of First Nation and how it could contribute towards halting climate change made him optimistic.
He also urged the average citizen to work within their own communities to help restore and maintain watersheds.
"The endemic species of this place, for example the Fraser [River] catchment area, salmon and all the other species, here could have more resilience when there's more natural habitat or restored habitat," said Mustonen.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Image of Sockeye salmon: Wikipedia