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Current Emissions Put the World on Track for Biodiversity Collapse

A third of endemic species on land and half in the sea will become extinct if greenhouse gas emissions are not reined in

The lemurs of Madagascar are particularly vulnerable to climate change.

The lemurs of Madagascar are particularly vulnerable to climate change.

Photographer: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket

The lemurs of Madagascar and Himalayan snow leopards are among the hundreds of endemic species that will all but disappear if greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked. 

The plants and animals that are unique to a single location such as one island or one country, are particularly vulnerable to climate change, according to research by a global team of scientists published in the Biological Conservation journal on Friday. They’re almost three times more likely to go extinct, according to an analysis of almost 300 biodiversity hotspots on land and sea.