Warming to hit half of plants, a third of animals
PARIS, May 13 – More than half of common species of plants and a third of animal species are likely to see their living space halved by 2080 on current trends of carbon emissions, a climate study said on Sunday. Output of man-made greenhouse gases is putting Earth on track for four degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming by 2100 compared with the pre-industrial 18th century, it said. The unprecedented speed of warming will be a shock for many species, as it will badly affect the climatic range in which they can live, it warned.
The figures take into account the species’ ability to migrate into habitat that may open up as a result of warming. The species most at risk are amphibians, as well as plants and reptiles, and regions that would lose most are Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, Amazonia and Australia, the paper said.
Lead researcher Rachel Warren said the estimates “are probably conservative” as they were based only on the impact of rising global temperatures. Other symptoms of climate change — storms, droughts, floods and pests, for instance — would amplify the problem.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CapitalFM