Global warming will directly affect plants and animals. It will also change global warming rainfall patterns and the timing of seasonal cycles, which will also affect plants and animals.
Rising temperature - an icrease in temperature will affect the metabolism of all organisms.
- Normally an icrease in temperature causes an increase in enzyme activity, which speeds up metabolic reactions.
- Enzymes have a specific optimum temperature - they're most active at this temperature.
- When temperature increases above the optimum temperature enzyme activity decreases, which slows down metabolic reactions.
- So an increase in temperature will mean the metabolic reactions in some organisms will speed up, so their rate of growth will increase. This also means they'll progress through their life cycle faster.
- But the temperature…