Butterflies have gone extinct in the Alps. Giant squid are migrating north to commercial fishing grounds off California. Flying foxes are dying in Australia. As humans debate global warming at the Bali Conference, its impact on animals and plants has enormous consequences for their survival. Stephen Williams of James Cook University in Australia, noted “I don’t think there is any doubt we will see a lot of (extinctions)….Most of the species here in the west tropic would be reduced to..15% of their current habitat.” It is estimated if temperatures rise by 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit, about 30% of the earth’s species could disappear. The hardest hit according to those attending the Bali conference would be plants and animals in colder climates or at higher elevations as well as those with limited ranges or little tolerance for temperature change. There is scant doubt in the end, virtually all species will be impacted in one way or another.
Australia is currently experiencing a severe drought that has devastated crops and animals all over the nation. It is estimated continued rise in temperature would wipe out about half of species in the nation. Meanwhile, Mediterranean jellyfish are turning up in Scotland and butterflies are moving to new areas of the world. In a sense, we humans are playing God with life on planet Earth. The question is whether or not we are a beneficial or destructive God.