WASHINGTON D.C. — One out of six species faces extinction as a result of climate change and urgent action must be taken to save large numbers of animals from being wiped out, a new study released Thursday said.
The study, published in the U.S. journal Science, found that a global temperature rise of 4 degrees Celsius could spell disaster for a huge number of species around the world.
“We urgently need to adopt strategies that limit further climate change if we are to avoid an acceleration of global extinction,” study author Mark Urban, an ecology and evolutionary biology researcher at the University of Connecticut, said.
The analysis evaluated 131 previous studies about the impact of climate change on flora and fauna around the world. It concluded that with each rising degree in global temperatures, more species were at risk.
A two degree increase, the study noted, could threaten 5.2 percent of species, while a three degree boost would put 8.5 percent of all species at risk.