Photo: Global Warming Could Cause Mass Extinctions by 2050, Study Says



French grunts swim off the coast of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A new study warns that global warming may put one-quarter of the world's plant and vertebrate animal species at risk of extinction. So-called hot spots for such danger include the Caribbean Basin, South Africa's Cape Floristic Region, and the tropical regions of the Andes Mountains.

Photograph courtesy D. Burks, U.S. Virgin Islands National Park


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