US News Global warming to wipe out 'many' animals

00:55  08 may  2018
00:55  08 may  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Up to a fifth of all species of animals and plants risk extinction even if the world manages to limit global warming to levels widely viewed as safe, the head of the Convention on Biological Diversity said.

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Global warming could wipe out many of the animals living in protected parts of the world's oceans by the end of the century, scientists predict.

Polar bears and penguins are among the species under greatest threat.

Projections suggest that by the year 2100, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) will be 2.8C (37F) warmer than they are today if the levels of emissions carry on as expected.

A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that without drastic action MPAs - and the fish, mammals, birds and invertebrates now dwelling within them - will be "devastated" by rapid global warming.

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This hurts many people, animals , and plants. Many cannot take the change, so they die. Acid rain gradually destroys almost everything it touches. Global warming is also causing many more fires that wipe out whole forests.

Global warming if not checked threatens to wipe out entire population of some species. Global warming is a real threat; lives of many animals are at risk due to this phenomenon.

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There are 8,236 MPAs around the world. They make up 4% of the total surface of the oceans.

"With warming of this magnitude, we expect to lose many, if not most, animal species from Marine Protected Areas by the turn of the century," warned lead scientist Professor John Bruno, from the University of North Carolina in the US.

The scientists carried out simulations of sea surface temperatures and oxygen concentrations in MPAs around the world, including those where fishing is banned.

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There are many others like crabs, some whales, and many other animals . Fewer algae are a problem because there is less food for us and many animals in the sea. Global warming is also causing many more fires that wipe out whole forests.

A million of the world's animals and plants could be wiped out within the next 50 years if steps aren't taken to slow down global warming . This could be achieved by using emission-free power sources and planting more forests.

By the end of the century, ocean temperatures in MPAs will have increased by an average of 2.8C (37F), they said.

For each MPA the scientists calculated the critical point after which most species would not be able to tolerate further change in their living conditions.

In tropical areas, this threshold was expected to be reached by about 2050.

MPAs in the Arctic and Antarctic were among those at greatest risk, said the scientists.

Other high-risk MPAs included those off the northern Galapagos islands Darwin and Wolf.

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