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The Pika, A Symbol to Stop Global Warming

September 26, 2014

The Pika, A Symbol to Stop Global Warming

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Giulia Garbagna Giulia Garbagna

This pika, a member of the rabbit family, with its rounded ears and no tail, simply crossed my trail at Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park.

I was impressed to learn from the park rangers that pikas are particularly sensitive to rising temperatures. If they’re exposed to anything above 80°F for even a few hours, they can die. They just aren’t equipped to handle such heat. As the climate has changed, pikas have been forced to seek out cooler air at higher elevations. But what will happen when they reach the top of the mountain?

To me, these animals are a symbol. We need to take action against global warming—before pikas run out of room.

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