Climate change will wipe out nearly 30 percent of species by 2100, study finds
Minnesota: A new study suggests that climate change is exacerbating the global animal extinction crisis.
A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota found that about 30 percent of all species will be extinct or critically endangered by 2100. This is mainly due to loss of biodiversity, human population and climate change.
Noah Greenwald, director of endangered species at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, called the numbers alarming.
Greenwald said that climate change has taken many years to become a clear problem. The animal extinction crisis is a real consequence of the severity of climate change.
The team of researchers conducted a survey that invited experts from around the world to participate and received responses from 3,331 scientists studying biodiversity from 187 countries.
Haley Hamilton, chief scientist of the group of researchers, said that the creatures most at risk include plants and insects. They also include invertebrates, but researchers know little about the extent of the threats to these creatures.