Climate Change Leading to Mass Extinction

by Lauranie Phan on April 3, 2018 - 5:05pm


In the article published in the Science Daily entitled “Climate change risk for half of plant and animal species in biodiversity hotspots”, a group of researchers from the University of East Anglia, James Cook University and WorldWide Fund for Nature (WWF) found that a quarter of the species living in the most diverse places around the world will become extinct, even if the world society comes to the 2°C maximum increase target. Indeed, the article indicates that regions such as the Amazon, south-west Australia and southern Africa will have over 60% of their species extinct due to a 4.5°C increase in global temperature.  If those species cannot manage to find a new place to live and adapt, their extinction is inevitable.

This article shows that even if we do meet the target from the Paris Agreement, we have already hit a point of no-return, where our actions have already had a tremendous impact on the environment and species with whom we share the Earth’s resources. The research illustrates how important it is to try as hard as we can to fix what we have broken, even if it is only a small portion of it.




In the article « Climate Change Leading to Mass Extinction” by Lauranie Pham, the author reviews and summarize an article related to climate change and extinction. She specifies that the article coming from Science Daily that climate change is detrimental towards half of the species on the biodiversity hotspots. What makes Lauranie Pham article interesting is the fact that she includes the dangers of global climate temperature in which for example the fact that 4.5C° will cause 60% to be extinct in southern Africa. In my opinion, I believe that there should be actions that humans should make to reduce climate temperature as even 2C° is even enough to make damages against species as describe in the article. Therefore, there should be some more environmental protectionist policies as the Paris Agreement is only to hit a 2C° goal and that is not enough.

The following article is super interesting and cultivating, it always takes me by surprise to know how much our actions on the ecosystem affect every aspect of our lives. Animals and plants are really crucial, and provide energies such as to convert light energy to food, or plants that produce almost (or all) of the food that we and animals consume. However, I do think that your summary was quite small, maybe try to add some more information in the near future such as the main causes of the problem, why they are more likely to be impacted by climate change and which solutions could solve the issue from expanding. Otherwise, it is a very acknowledging article, the statistics are quite scary and revealing of how our actions are can be disastrous for other living species.

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