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How Climate Change Will Affect Animal Migration, in One Map

Global warming over the next century means that species will move to cooler climates, but manmade barriers often stand in the way.
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Motions of Migration

Climate change is turning out to have a damning effect on living conditions for people, and scientists suspect that it will be the driver of mass human migrations. Just last week, an Alaskan village of 600 people held a special vote on whether to leave their island amid threats of coastal erosion. Extreme weather events—like the historic flood in Louisiana and persistent wildfires all over the U.S.—have also forced people out of their homes.

But humans aren’t the only ones affected by rising temperatures. Nearly 3,000 species of animals in the Western Hemisphere alone will have to find new habitats with more preferable climate conditions by the end of this century, according to a stunning new map by cartographer Dan Majka for the Nature Conservancy.