By Stephen Henighan
Even with its anxious implications, the influence of weather switch on our actual atmosphere will be tricky for us to appreciate or think. relocating from a memoir of a trip via an ample but fragile flora and fauna to the daunting clinical facts that weather swap will result in the degradation of nature and upheaval inside society, this essay bargains a lucid own method of the pivotal issue of our time. In a wide-ranging dialogue that embraces technological know-how, heritage, paintings, language and id, A eco-friendly Reef deals the reader an realizing of what weather switch ability for all times on the earth.
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But in China it is more commonly called the Chang Jiang, which simply means ‘long river’. The Yangtze has a biological heritage to match these imposing statistics. Over 350 species of ﬁsh have been recorded from the river basin, 177 of which are endemic—they are found nowhere else in the world. These include two species of ancient armourplated sturgeons and their distant relative the Yangtze paddleﬁsh, so-called because it has a tremendously elongated snout 18 the amazon of the east which—with some stretching of the imagination—resembles a boat’s paddle.
Maybe worst of all, one of the few things that we actually do know about baiji behaviour is that several different studies during the 1980s and 1990s showed that they swam up and down the river rather than staying put in a particular place. Photo-identiﬁcation studies found that one group of baiji that could be identiﬁed by distinctive scratches and scrapes on their backs moved 100 kilometres upriver in only three days, and another animal photographed in 1989 was identiﬁed a year later over 200 kilometres further upstream.
The wetlands that line the river channel are also a critical wintering ground for huge numbers of waterbirds and waders that breed further north in Siberia. These include ﬁve species of cranes, the most beautiful of which, the brilliant white Siberian crane, formerly also wintered further west in India and around the Caspian Sea, but has now been reduced to a few thousand birds that spend several months of the year around Poyang Lake. The river basin was also once lined with lush forests that were home to a wide range of large mammals— elephants, rhinos, tigers, tapirs, and gibbons—which are today largely restricted to the balmy conditions of tropical Asia, but which were once also able to survive in the Yangtze Basin’s unique ecosystem of scorching summers and freezing, snowy winters.
A Green Reef: The Impact of Climate Change by Stephen Henighan