Implic ations of climate change and deforestation on behavioural patterns among fauna species in national parks and protected areas.
Climate change and deforestation are significant in the shift of age-old weather and seasonal cycles in biological and agricultural activities. Indiscriminate forest exploitation leads to deforestation also, release of CO2 and other pollutants tampers with ozone layer which has been acting as a big umbrella against ultraviolet radiation. This paper discusses effects of climate change and deforestation on physical environment as they affect animal population, distribution and general physiology in response to shift in climatic parameters in their habitats. Steps to ameliorate impacts of climate change and deforestation such as environment-conscious methods of waste disposal, minimal air pollution and introduction of Environment Education with Biodiversity Conservation (as Secondary School subjects) are mentioned also.
Key words: climate change, deforestation, national parks, global warming, ozone layer, biodiversity