By JULIANA BERROA, age 11

PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons
PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

Jaguars, not polar bears, will be the first to disappear from the food chain as global warming continues. Researchers predict in the next 10 years, the tropics will experience a drastic change in climate. Rising sea levels in low-lying coastal areas, less rainfall throughout inland regions and warmer temperatures will cause an imbalance in natural habitats. Tropical areas near the equator depend on a very delicate balance of temperature and rainfall, which means animals and plants will have a hard time adapting to new conditions.