Global warming prompts extinctions in tropics

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JCU Professor William Laurance says the study suggests that some species will become extinct if temperatures increase by one to two degrees Celsius.

He says many tropical species can only survive in a very narrow range of temperatures.

“One of the things that surprises a lot of people is that it’s the tropics in fact where we think a lot of our extinguishes could potentially occur,” he said.

“Most people are used to thinking about polar bears and walruses and things that live in the cold parts of the world, in fact it’s the tropics, this is one of the places that we could potentially lose the most biodiversity.”

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