Caution: depressing study

 

The Extinction Chronicles

By Jennifer Fabiano, AccuWeather staff writer
April 11, 2018, 9:30:27 AM EDT

If carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked, half of the plant and animal species in the world’s most important natural places are at risk of local extinction by the turn of the century, according to a new study conducted by the University of East Anglia (UEA), the James Cook University (JCU) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

If little human effort is put into diminishing carbon emissions, there could be 4.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century. While 4.5 degrees isn’t the worst-case scenario possible, it was the most extreme case analyzed by this study.

Albatross

This Dec. 3, 2016, photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows the world’s oldest known seabird, tending to an egg she laid, with her mate, at Midway Atoll. She was incubating an egg at the…

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