Sunday, January 15, 2012

Climate change models flawed, extinction rate likely higher than predicted

Current predictions overlook two important factors: the differences in how quickly species relocate and competition among species.

As climate change progresses, the planet may lose more plant and animal species than predicted, a new modeling study suggests.

This is because current predictions overlook two important factors: the differences in how quickly species relocate and competition among species, according to the researchers, led by Mark Urban, an ecologist at the University of Connecticut.

Already evidence suggests that species have begun to migrate out of ranges made inhospitable by climate change and into newly hospitable territory. Read More