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Impact of climate change on ‘endemic’ plants and animals to be the hardest, study warns

Regions like the Mediterranean with 'high endemicity' are likely to suffer higher negative impact of climate change Image: Unsplash/Elion Jashari

Ayesha Tandon
Science Journalist, Carbon Brief
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a map showing the the projected impact of climate change on species in land-based biodiversity hotspots for (a) all species, (b) endemic species, (c) native species and (d) introduced species
The projected impact of climate change on species in land-based biodiversity hotspots for (a) all species, (b) endemic species, (c) native species and (d) introduced species. The impacts are standardised across a range of dates and warming scenarios. Image: Manes et al (2021)

a map showing the projected impact of climate change on species in marine biodiversity hotspots for (a) all species, (b) endemic species and (c) native species
The projected impact of climate change on species in marine biodiversity hotspots for (a) all species, (b) endemic species and (c) native species. Image: Manes et al (2021)
a chart showing the climatic, geographic and biological impacts of climate change.
Climatic, geographic and biological impacts of climate change. The left shows the impact on all species (black), endemics (purple) non-endemics (green) and introduced species (orange) on the left hand side. The right side shows the proportion of species that will be positively impacted by climate change (purple), negatively impacted (pink) or will face an extinction risk (red). Image: Mane et al (2021)
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