Taiga ecosystems are threatened by direct human activity and climate change. The most serious threat to taigas does not come from hunting activity. It comes from us. Climate change puts taigas in danger in different ways. A warmer climate contributes to a partial thawing of the permafrost. Since this water has no place to drain, more area of the taiga is taken over by peat bog and only a few trees can take root.
Climate change and rising temperatures also affect animal habitats. These factors push native species out and attract non-native species. An example the bark beetle, an insect that can infest trees. Millions of these insects bore into the bark of trees and lay eggs. The infested trees die. Bark beetle infestations can kill entire forests and thousands of hectares of taiga. It is very important to protect the taiga and make sure that we don’t destroy old-growth forests and the wilderness of the boreal forests.