Article source: wwf.org.uk
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming highlights climate impacts at the current ~1°C global warming as well as the risks of reaching a 1.5°C and the irreversible losses that would take place at 2°C or more warming. We need political leadership to immediately cut emissions across all sectors of the economy, in order to limit warming to 1.5°C.
THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON WILDLIFE
Global warming is likely to be the greatest cause of species extinctions this century. The IPCC says a 1.5°C average rise may put 20-30% of species at risk of extinction. If the planet warms by more than 2°C, most ecosystems will struggle.
Many of the world’s threatened species live in areas that will be severely affected by climate change. And climate change is happening too quickly for many species to adapt.