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Extinctions on the warm front

Nature volume 540, page 319 (15 December 2016) | Download Citation

Hundreds of species are not adapting quickly enough to cope with global warming, and are disappearing from local areas in the warmest parts of their ranges.

John Wiens at the University of Arizona in Tucson analysed 27 studies on 976 species, many of which have shifted their range in response to climate change. In almost half, populations have disappeared from the hottest edges of their ranges as the global climate has warmed. These local extinctions were more common in the tropics and subtropics than in other climates, in fresh water than in the sea or on land, and in animals than in plants.

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