According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, experts warn that these migrations could lead to an acceleration of extinction as well. Of the 12,000 species of animals, bacteria, fungi and plants.
Experts used this information to create a database of climate driven species, a resource they called “BioShifts”.
The researchers found that animals also move toward the poles as the climate warms, but “at a much slower pace than expected, especially in regions with warmer climates.”
The team found that amphibians are heading towards higher latitudes at a rate of about 39.7 feet (12 meters) annually, with reptiles moving their habitats at a slower rate of about 21.3 (6.5 meters) on an annual basis.
Insects, which can act as a vector for many diseases, have also been found and are bound for a pole 11.5 miles (18.5 km) annually.
As the researchers revealed, marine species were migrating their habits at an average speed of about 3.72 (6 km) annually, compared to the relatively slow pace of 5.9 feet (1.8 meters) each year for wild species.
This means that marine species are potentially more motivating to change their habitat ranges, and also better able to do so than their terrestrial counterparts, who may be hindered by human activities, which may force movements in the wrong direction.