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A polar bear walks on the Arctic Ocean ice on Aug. 21, 2009. (Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard/U.S. Geological Survey via Flickr)closemore
A polar bear walks on the Arctic Ocean ice on Aug. 21, 2009. (Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard/U.S. Geological Survey via Flickr)

Pictures of polar bears paddling long distances for food among thinning sea ice were some of the first galvanizing images of the environmental movement to do something about climate change.

But nearly every species on Earth is affected by global warming, from coyotes who find themselves in closer contact with humans due to a shifting habitat to migratory birds adjusting to unfamiliar ecosystems and weather patterns.

For a glimpse at what climate change is doing to the animal world, Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson checks in with animal expert Vicki Croke, host of WBUR's The Wild Life.

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Vicki Croke, host of WBUR's The Wild Life blog. The Wild Life tweets @TheWildLifeWBUR.

This segment aired on September 23, 2016.

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