Climate induced migration

  • As global temperatures rise, organisms fortunate enough to be mobile will travel to seek more hospitable habitats.
  • Recent research at the University of York suggests that organisms are climbing (12.2 m per decade) and travelling (17.6 km per decade away from the equator) at unprecedented rates. Climate change is assumed to be the driver with regions most susceptible to climate change observing greater movements.

For the UK and its temperate climate this may mean a greater influx of invasive species threatening local biodiversity or an influx of pests that may impact agricultural productivity.

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