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Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Many plant + animal species unlikely to survive climate change
A report, Extinction Risk From Climate Change, summarised in a paper for Nature, has calculated that the survival of millions of species is threatened by levels of climate change likely to occur by the year 2050.

This analyses of six biodiversity-rich regions, including Europe, Brazil + Costa Rica, suggests that 15–37% of a sample of 1,103 land plants + animals from will eventually become extinct as a result of climate changes expected by 2050.

Some of these species will no longer have anywhere suitable to live while others will be unable to reach places where the climate is suitable.

If extrapolated to include other areas of the world the number of species that could be lost may be in the millions...

See here for a summary of some of the species at risk in different regions of the world.