The Scientists Watching Their Life’s Work Disappear

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Date of Publication: October 26

Year of Publication: 2023

Publication City: New York, NY

Publisher: The New York Times

Author(s): Catrin Einhorn

Some are stubborn optimists. Others struggle with despair. Their faces show the weight they carry as they witness the impact of climate change.

Amid the chaos of climate change, humans tend to focus on humans. But Earth is home to countless other species, including animals, plants, and fungi. For centuries, we have been making it harder for them to exist by cutting down forests, plowing grasslands, building roads, damming rivers, draining wetlands, and polluting. Now that wildlife is depleted and hemmed in, climate change has come crashing down. In 2016, scientists in Australia announced the loss of a rodent called the Bramble Cay melomys, one of the first known species driven to global extinction by climate change. Others are all but certain to follow. How many depends on how much we let the planet heat.

The seven scientists here document the impacts of global warming on the nonhuman world. Their work brings them face-to-face with realities that few of us see firsthand.

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