Warming world "poses conservation challenge"

Scientists predict species shifts in UK, Ireland, urge more dynamic conservation planning

The prospect of climate change demands a new, more dynamic approach to conservation planning as species are forced to move or be threatened with extinction, according to a report published under the official UK climate impacts programme.

Based on computer modelling of likely climate changes across the UK and Ireland to 2050, a team of scientists predicted how the ranges of 50 representative species of plants and animals might alter. Their findings show that many species, as well as habitats, could become increasingly threatened, while others could benefit.

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