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Jakarta Post

Extinctions not driven by global warming

  • Jay Lehr and Tom Harris


Jakarta   /   Thu, May 9, 2019   /  02:32 pm
Extinctions not driven by global warming Illustration of global warming (Shutterstock/File)

The global warming/extinction myth is back. Concerning the new 1,500-page United Nations assessment on the “global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services,” The New York Times reported on May 6: “Global warming has become a major driver of wildlife decline, the assessment found, by shifting or shrinking the local climates that many mammals, birds, insects, fish and plants evolved to survive in. When combined with the other ways humans are damaging the environment, climate change is now pushing a growing number of species, such as the Bengal tiger, closer to extinction.” Linking possible extinctions to current climate change makes no sense. Despite recent claims that the Australian brown rat is the first mammal to have been killed off by human-in...

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