Carbon Brief reports: The risk of Earth’s species becoming extinct will accelerate as global temperatures rise, new research shows.
After reviewing more than one hundred scientific papers, the study finds as many as 16% of plant and animal species on land and in the oceans would be under threat with four degrees of warming.
Climate change could even overtake habitat loss and degradation as the main cause of extinctions, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.
The rate at which plants and animals are becoming extinct is now a thousand times higher than before humans inhabited the Earth.
Habitat loss is the principal cause of extinctions, as forests are cleared and urban areas expand. But a new study, published in Science, suggests that climate change could soon become a key threat to species around the world. [Continue reading…]