A new study has found that if greenhouse gas emissions are not curbed urgently, a third of endemic species on land and half in the sea will become extinct, causing a collapse of biodiversity

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Mariana Vale, a researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a co-author of the study, says, “Unfortunately, our study shows that those biodiversity rich-spots will not be able to act as a safe haven from climate change. This could greatly increase extinction rates worldwide.”

Meanwhile, Stella Manes, lead author and a researcher at Federal University, says, “The risk for such species to be lost forever increases more than 10-fold if we miss the goals of the Paris Agreement. Biodiversity has more value than meets the eye —a healthy nature provides indispensable contributions to people, such as water, food, materials, protection against disasters, recreation, and cultural and spiritual connections.”