Pandas' Existence Threatened by Global Warming

  • by: Care2
  • target: U.S. Congress
Global climate change affects every inhabitant of our planet, and some - like giant pandas - can't speak up to protect plant life they need to survive. Recent research shows that the major source of food for pandas - bamboo - will be severely affected by an increase in global temperature.

Pandas spend 14 hours a day eating, with bamboo making up 99 percent of their diet. Of the more than 100 varieties of bamboo, pandas only eat about 20 of them. And a joint study by researchers in China and the UK found that rising temperatures will cause extinction for some types of bamboo. Waning food sources will threaten extinction of China's giant panda.

The best way to ensure the survival of pandas is to stop global warming. One country alone cannot end global warming; it will take a worldwide effort to reduce emissions. The 25 major economies account for 84 percent of global emissions, with the U.S. surpassing all others.

Protect endangered species like the panda by protecting their environment. Tell Congress to pass mandatory climate legislation in preparation for December's global climate agreement in Copenhagen.
Global climate change is affecting all inhabitants of our planet, and threatens already endangered species such as the giant panda. It is our job to protect the environment for such wonderful creatures as the panda because we are the one causing its degradation.

A joint study by researchers in China and the UK found that the main source of food for pandas - bamboo - is greatly affected as the global temperature rises. The research analyzes carefully controlled bioclimatic environments for bamboo and found that certain types of bamboo will not survive if global warming persists.

This research is critical for environmentalists fighting for the survival of pandas. Of the 100 varieties of bamboo only about 20 of them are a part of the panda diet, and it is unclear if those types can survive.


The best way to ensure the survival of the giant pandas is to stop global warming before it threatens the survival of endangered animals' environments.

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