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Mediterranean and tropical biodiversity most vulnerable to human pressures


Animals in tropical and Mediterranean areas are the most sensitive to climate change and land use pressures, finds a new study by UCL researchers.

The findings, published today in Nature Ecology & Evolution, show how extinction risks are not evenly distributed worldwide, and suggest that large declines in tropical biodiversity are likely to occur imminently.

Lead author Dr. Tim Newbold (UCL Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research) said: “Tropical areas are expected to see the greatest expansions of agriculture in the coming decades, and are already seeing new temperature extremes. MORE