Climate change is expected to take a staggering toll on the species of the planet. Scientists are not in agreement regarding projections, but a reasonable guess is that somewhere between 15% and 37% of plant and animal species on Earth will either be extinct or irreversibly on the road to extinction by 2050 if current warming trends continue. The toll cuts across all species on the planet: mammals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians and plants. Some researchers say it could be even worse than that, with 70% of the planet’s species at risk, while others think the 15-37% number is overstated. We know of at least one species of mammal that has already gone extinct due to climate change, that being the white lemuroid possum in Australia, which has not been seen since 2005.
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