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Climate change, an additional factor for considering the threat level of the snow leopard (Panthera Uncia)
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Klimatförändringar, en riskfaktor för snöleopardens fortlevnad (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The snow leopard lives in the high mountains of Asia. Threats currently facing the species are being poached for its high-valued fur and being killed by herders in retaliation for livestock predation. However, climate change also has an impact on the snow leopard’s mountain habitats as tree line height and the average temperature have increased in Asian mountains. This thesis analyzes the near-future threats from climatic changes against snow leopards and what impact human activities have on the species. Fragmentation of habitats have a huge effect on the survival of snow leopards because the connectivity routes may be reduced or lost. The general process of assessment by the IUCN was examined alongside the assessment of the snow leopard. Both anthropogenic activities and global warming lead to fragmented habitats and may isolate snow leopard populations from each other. An estimated 30 - 65 % of the snow leopard’s habitats may disappear in future scenarios. Climate change is not a threat by itself but creates new threats. Therefore, climate change needs to be taken into consideration in future assessments by IUCN due to its growing impact. The recently released IPBES report makes it apparent what destructive force human activities have on biodiversity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 22
Keywords [en]
Climate change, Snow leopard, IUCN
Keywords [sv]
Klimatförändringar, Snöleopard
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Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392313OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-392313DiVA, id: diva2:1347916
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Environmental Science
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