If temperatures rise in the middle of the predicted range, a third of all land-living
species will be threatened by 2050 . Some species are unable to adapt quickly
enough to the temperature change and habitats might not be available for them
to move into.
Up to a third of land-based species could face extinction by the middle of the century (RSPB).
Higher temperatures and reduced rainfall could mean the loss of large areas of the Brazilian and southern African rainforest.
Gigantic economic costs
The economic costs of global warming are doubling every decade (UN).
The cost of insured damage in a severe hurricane season in the USA could rise by three-quarters to £82billion ($ 150 billion), an increase equivalent to almost three Hurricane Andrews - the costliest single weather event recorded” (Association of British Insurers).
The study's authors and other UC scientists helped inform the nation's first statewide network of MPAs, which was completed in 2012 to conserve natural and cultural marine resources. MPAs serve many purposes, from recreation to rebuilding fish stocks and supporting sustainable marine fisheries. This study is part of ongoing research at UC Davis to better understand how well MPAs are working. Explore further: Fish evolve by playing it safe
Biofuels can have a host of negative impacts, from driving up food prices to sucking up more energy than they produce. Hydrogen must be created, requiring either reforming natural gas or electricity to crack water molecules. Biodiesel hybrid electric vehicles (that can plug into the grid overnight) may offer the best transportation solution in the short term, given the energy density of diesel and the carbon neutral ramifications of fuel from plants as well as the emissions of electric engines. A recent study found that the present amount of electricity generation in the . could provide enough energy for the country's entire fleet of automobiles to switch to plug-in hybrids , reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the process.