Study predicts catastrophic impacts if global temperature rises above target levels

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Climate Change could lead to the loss of more than half of the plant species in the world’s greatest forests by the end of the century, if the temperature rises more than 1.5 C, says a new study.

The study by WWF, the University of East Anglia and the James Cook University says that many species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds are also likely to be affected in catastrophic scale unless world nations successfully contain the temperature rise through collective efforts.

The research in the journal Climate Change projects devastating losses of more than 60% of plant species and almost 50% of animal species in the Amazon if the temperature rise is at 3.2C.

Keeping the rise within 2C would mean more than 35% of species facing the risk of local extinction in the region.

In a situation where no action is taken, the study projects a 70% decline of plant and reptile species and a more than 60% decline of mammal, reptile and bird species in the Amazon.

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