Study: Climate Change Threatens Thousands of Species in Our Lifetime

This article discusses an alarming study finding that, at 4.5 degrees warming, the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems could see local extinction of half their plant and animal species.

Without action to stave off climate change, up to half of the plant and animal species in some of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems could become locally extinct by the end of the century, according to a new report.

Imagine coastal East Africa missing seven out of 10 amphibians, six out of 10 birds and more than half of its mammals.

Or the Amazon missing two-thirds of every kind of species living there today.

If the world’s countries can achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement, that picture changes, according the study, released late Tuesday in the journal Climatic Change. The Paris Agreement calls for reducing global warming emissions enough to have a reasonable chance of keeping warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

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