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Global warming a threat to one in six species: study

The study also finds that as the planet warms in the future, species will disappear at an accelerating rate

Carl Zimmer 

Climate change could drive to extinction as many as one in six animal and plant species, according to a new analysis. In a study published in the journal Science, Mark Urban, an ecologist at the University of Connecticut, also found that as the planet warms in the future, species will disappear at an accelerating rate. "We have the choice," he said. "The world can decide where on that curve they want the future Earth to be." As dire as Urban's conclusions are, other experts said the real toll may turn out to be even worse. The number of extinctions "may well ...

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First Published: Sat, May 02 2015. 21:11 IST
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