The Predictable Changes in Provincial Ecosystems

by veronicajchang on March 12, 2018 - 9:39pm

In the article titled “Scientists predict change in provincial ecosystems” written by Cathy Ellis, Alberta’s climate change leading to changes in the province’s ecosystem and species is discussed. The purpose of this article is to inform readers about the causes and effects of having our ecosystems rapidly changing; the main causes mentioned are human interruptions with the natural environment, such as deforestation and the over-consumption of fossil fuels. That being said, the effects include climate change and loss of habitat for wildlife, which then result to extinction of species. The author explains how scientists say that Alberta’s current average temperature and precipitation levels are expected to continue rising during the next 50 to 100 years; not only that, but another thing that will become more recurrent as well is the extreme weather, such as heavy rainfall or even very dry events. Moreover, the article states that the expansion of grasslands at the expense of other ecosystems will be the most dramatic change anticipated for Alberta; this is along with the boreal forests and its inhabitants that is also estimated to suffer one of the greatest losses. Whilst hoping that authorities, such as the government, will eventually adopt the “precautionary principle” when it comes to this level of severity for climate change, all of these trends are expected to change even if the emission of greenhouse gases were to stabilize. Researchers mentioned in this article state how this is a huge problem, as over 173 species are deemed to be vulnerable as a result of climate change during the next 40 years. As wildlife biologist, Chris Shank, says: “Things are going to change and resistance is futile”.


I agree with this article, as these issues keep on happening, and the population is aware of it; however, nothing much is happening to make huge positive impacts. Little by little, things are improving, as this issue is being brought up to light more and more, but the issue is also rapidly worsening. We need quicker and more effective methods in order to improve issues, such as climate change, and we cannot keep on waiting until it “gets worse”. When will it be time for change? Until the world actually falls apart? If we wait any longer, it might be too late.


Reference list:

Ellis, C. (2016). Scientists predict change in provincial ecosystems. Rocky Mountain Outlook. Retrieved from

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