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Climate crisis threatens the lives of ants: Experts warn of dire consequences

Climate crisis threatens the lives of ants: Experts warn of dire consequences

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Natalia Witulska,
22.04.2024 15:15

Ants and their huge anthills are disappearing at an alarming rate, according to scientists. They are attributing this phenomenon to climate change and the environmental crisis we are currently facing.

We live in a very interesting yet challenging time. We are awestruck at the advancements in technology, artificial intelligence, and space exploration while also witnessing the slow degradation of our planet. While we celebrate human achievements, we must not forget that human actions have led us to the environmental issues we face today, such as global warming, droughts, and wildfires. Even the lives of ants are being threatened due to these changes.

Ants are fascinating creatures renowned for their strength and organisation skills. Many businesses can learn from their productivity and cooperation. However, scientists from the American University of Colorado in Boulder have discovered that climate change negatively impacts ants. This is alarming news as it indicates that our ecosystem is adversely affected, ultimately impacting everyone's lives.

Ants threatened by climate crisis

Scientists have studied ant populations in Gregory Canyon, Colorado, a central part of the United States. They have confirmed that global warming is a genuine threat to the lives of these small creatures. Due to the increase in temperature, ants have been forced to abandon their habitats in recent decades and even adjust their breeding cycles. In short, they have learned to adapt to new living conditions.

Ants leave their habitats when it becomes too hot. They search for shelter and a suitable environment deep in the ground. According to the Institute for the Development of Ecological Thought (Polish: Instytut Rozwoju Myśli Ekologicznej, IRME), ants prefer a particular temperature range when selecting a nesting site, as extreme temperatures can severely limit their metabolism, development, and overall performance.

The absence of ants can have profound consequences. These tiny creatures are key in regulating the growth of various invertebrate populations. They also play a crucial role in pollination and seed dispersal for many plants. Moreover, they contribute significantly to soil health by decomposing dead plant and animal matter and aerating the soil. The disappearance of ants would be a catastrophic blow to the entire ecosystem. Recognizing the vital role played by ants in Poland, some species have been designated as protected, and the destruction of anthills is a punishable offence.

Source: planeta.pl

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