Climate change affecting Michigan wildlife

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Climate change is taking a toll on some of Michigan’s current and future wildlife generations.

A new report from the National Wildlife Federation found that changes must be made to protect Michigan wildlife.

Felice Stadler is with the National Wildlife Federation.

She said climate change is causing heat-stress for animals, like moose, and putting the survival of brook trout and small-mouth bass eggs at risk.

Stadler said,”Food and shelter are increasingly vulnerable, as droughts, warmer waters and pests present seasonal hardships for wildlife.” She added that warmer temperatures are reducing the amount of oxygen in some Michigan streams.

The report recommends reducing carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants as one of the best ways to lessen the impact of climate change.

Brenda Archambo is with the National Wildlife Federation as well.

She said, “Climate change is making it harder and harder for many animals to raise their young and keep them well-fed and healthy, making parenting increasingly stressful for wildlife.”

New carbon-pollution standards are expected to be announced by the Obama administration next month.

Archambo said the standards are a good first step towards protecting Michigan and the nation’s wildlife legacy.

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