Bernhard Kegel and Lisa Warnecke in conversation with Christian Rabhansl

Nature destroyed after devastating fires on Mount Parnitha in northern Greece. (picture alliance / ANE / Eurokinissi / Markos Chouzouris)

This summer, people will feel the consequences of climate change once again – with devastating flooding and brutal heat leading to forest fires. But unlike humans, animals and plants do not receive disaster relief. It has consequences.

Unfortunately, the images in the news quite often resemble images from a disaster movie: Climate change brings us extreme weather conditions all over the world, which in turn lead to other natural disasters.

In Germany, floods destroy entire cities, people have drowned in their homes, others have lost all their possessions. At the same time, huge fires are devastating entire regions in Greece and Turkey. There too, people lose everything and some lose their lives.

No warning app for animals

At least part of it can be replaced and rebuilt with government assistance or insurance policies. But without forgetting the suffering of men, it must be said that there is no help for nature. Trees don’t have natural insurance and animals don’t have a warning app. Fauna and flora are also suffering from the consequences of climate change.

Together with the two authors Bernhard Kegel and Lisa Warnecke, we examine exactly this topic. Warnecke and Kegel are both biologists and describe in their books on the subject of what animals and plants themselves cannot express: how much their future is in danger and where the limits of adaptability lie. climate change.

Bernhard Kegel: “The nature of the future. Fauna and flora at a time of climate change »
DuMont, 2021
320 pages, 22 euros

Lisa Warnecke: “Hot as a Beast – How koalas, elephants and tits are responding to the climate crisis”
Structure editor, 2021
232 pages, 22 euros