This article discusses how wildlife will keep cool in the face of rising temperatures, if they can.
Large numbers of species are at risk of global extinction from climate change. As a result, some governments are trying include wildlife in their plans for how to adapt the management of natural landscapes to a warming world. The problem is we still know very little about the sorts of environments that could help wildlife survive adverse climate shifts.
But we do know that, during the Ice Age, pockets of warmer conditions protected species such as red squirrels and even red deer from the extreme cold. So, could modern versions of these “refugia”: locally cool habitats such as bogs, alpine environments or shaded valleys give species what they need to survive today’s warming?