Report links species extinction to global warming

An average of 25 percent of species in five habitats around the globe will be driven to extinction due to global warming, according to a new study from a group of international scientists.

The 19 scientists looked at 1,108 plant and animal species in five regions: Europe; Queensland, Australia; Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert; the Brazilian Amazon; and the Cape Floristic Region at South Africa's southern tip. They estimated that anywhere from 15 to 37 percent of the species will die by 2050.

The study is being published in today's issue of Nature.

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Warming May Threaten 37% of Species by 2050 (The Washington Post 1/8)
Scientists Predict Widespread Extinction by Global Warming (The New York Times 1/8)

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Nature - http://www.nature.com