Add it to the list: Sea Turtles
Baby leatherback turtle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
More computer models putting another species at risk. From Global Warming Could Wipe Out Endangered Turtle Populations. Just add it to the complete list of how global warming causes everything (emphasis added):
The largest and most critically endangered species of sea turtle could be wiped out by the end of the century due to global climate change, claims a new study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
In the study, researchers from Drexel University, Princeton University, and other institutions and government agencies discovered that eastern Pacific populations of these turtles could be affected by warming trends resulting in hotter, drier beaches.
Leatherback turtles are already at risk due to a combination of current and past threats, including egg poaching, but such extreme conditions could place their eggs and hatchlings at risk. If actual climate patterns follow the modules used in the study, resulting in a possible 75% decline in their population by the year 2100.
“We used three models of this leatherback population to construct a climate-forced population dynamics model. Two parts were based on the population’s observed sensitivity to the nesting beach climate and one part was based on its sensitivity to the ocean climate,” lead author Dr. Vincent Saba, a research fishery biologist with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Northeast Fisheries Science Center, said in a statement.