Norway’s plants and animals at risk


Half of the plant and animal species in Norway are in danger due to global warming, according to World Wildlife Fund report on the impact of climate change.

The WWF report “Habitats at risk” looks at the effects of global warming on plant and animal life in 113 regions around the world.

More than 80 percent of the regions studied in this report will lose plant and animal species dur to increased carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere.

The report also predicts the depletion of natural diversity will occur at a record pace. Norway and Scandinavia can expect to be hardest hit if current CO2 emission levels don’t drop.

“Some of the greatest changes the report reveals are happening here in Scandinavia,” researcher Lynn Rosentrater told the Aftenposten newspaper. “We believe a halving of plant and animal species is not an improbable scenario. Particularly species dependent on cold climate conditions are at risk since they have will have no alternative region.”

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