"Climate Change Forecast To Shrink Habitat of Common Plants, Animals"

"The habitats of many common plants and animals will shrink dramatically this century unless governments act quickly to cut rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said on Sunday after studying 50,000 species around the world."

"The scientists from Britain, Australia and Colombia said plants, amphibians and reptiles were most vulnerable as global temperatures rise and rainfall patterns change.

About 57 percent of plants and 34 percent of animal species were likely to lose more than half the area with a climate suited to them by the 2080s if nothing was done to limit emissions from power plants, factories and vehicles, they wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Hardest hit would be species in sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, the Amazon and Central America."

Alister Doyle reports for Reuters May 13, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Common Plants, Animals Threatened By Climate Change, Study Says" (Los Angeles Times)

"One-Third of Animal Species Will Be Hit By Climate Change, Scientists Warn" (UK Press Association)

"Without Emissions Halt, a Third of Common Animals and Half the Plants Will See Dramatic Habitat Loss -- Study" (ClimateWire)

Source: Reuters, 05/14/2013