Madagascar– Environmentalists in Madagascar, which is home to one of the world’s most biodiverse rainforests, are growing concerned that climate change will put indigenous wildlife at risk. Sky News followed a tiny group of guardians of the Analamazaotra Forest in east-central Madagascar, who claimed that deforestation and poaching are being driven by poverty fueled by global warming.
Extreme weather patterns, they added, are the most critical threat, particularly for the country’s lemur population. “This is supposed to be the rainy season, but we have no rain,” Youssouf, one of the forest’s guardians, said, referring to an extended dry spell that has left portions of the south without adequate rainfall for more than four years. Despite being one of the world’s lowest carbon emitters, Madagascar is heavily impacted by yearly cyclones, protracted droughts, and flooding.
Climate change has led the poor to resort to chopping down trees, poaching wildlife for sale, and even eating animals and plants to survive, according to Sky. At the climate summit in Glasgow on Saturday, governments reached a new agreement. However, the deal was panned for failing to make specific commitments to assist impoverished countries in mitigating climate change’s effects.