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.