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The extinction of hundreds of species – from elephants to treefrogs – will be 'imminent' unless urgent action is taken, according to leading scientists who fear time is running out for the tropics.
The international team say a devastating global biodiversity collapse will occur as a result of local and global stress factors, including land-use change, pollution and climate change.
Study - Scientists - Failure - Risk - Species
In a major study, scientists warned that a failure to act quickly and decisively will greatly increase the risk of 'unprecedented and irrevocable species loss' in the most diverse parts of the planet.
This is the first time a prominent report has looked into the state of all four of the world´s most diverse tropical ecosystems – tropical forests, savannas, lakes and rivers, and coral reefs.
Authors - Study - Step-change - Efforts - Climate
The authors behind the study have called for a step-change in efforts to combat climate change, support sustainable development and effective conservation interventions to preserve tropical habitats.
Researchers from universities and institutions across the world, including the University of Oxford, examined the vulnerability of tropical ecosystems on our planet to local and global stress factors, including land-use change, pollution and climate change.
Species - Threat - Bush - Elephant - Savanna
Among the species at threat are the African Bush Elephant, also known as Savanna Elephant, which used to be widespread across the whole continent.
However, despite the animal's high-profile status and conservation investment, the pressure from ivory hunters still threatens it with global extinction.
Amphibians - Treefrogs - Species
Amphibians, such as treefrogs, are also among the most threatened of all animal species.
They face problems due to habitat loss, climate change, pollution, new diseases and illegal harvesting.
Tropics - Cover - Cent - Planet - Three-quarters
Although the tropics cover just 40 per cent of the planet, they are home to more than three-quarters of all species including almost all shallow-water corals and more than 90 per cent of the world's bird species.
Most tropical species are found nowhere else, and millions more are...
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