Our research focused on birds because complete data on other groups were scarce. We demonstrate that in temperate regions, the rising temperatures are associated with the shift of the timing of biological events to earlier dates.
Dr Stephanie Kramer-Schadt said: “Adaptive responses among rare or endangered species remain to be analysed. We fear that the forecasts of population persistence for such species of conservation concern will be even more pessimistic”.
This isn’t the first time scientists have warned of mass extinction due to climate change.
At a press conference, report co-chairman Eduardo Brondizio of Indiana University said
We have reconfigured dramatically life on the planet.
"Humanity unwittingly is attempting to throttle the living planet and humanity's own future," said George Mason University biologist Thomas Lovejoy, who has been called the godfather of biodiversity for his research, CBS News reported.
The biological diversity of this planet has been really hammered, and this is really our last chance to address all of that.