Trouble in paradise: Warming a greater danger to tropical species

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 13:21 in Earth & Climate

This leaf beetle, which lives in the cloud forest on the east slope of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, is from the family Chrysomelidae. Climate change could have a much bigger impact on such tropical species than scientists previously thought. Credit: Kimberly Sheldon, University of Washignton Polar bears fighting for survival in the face of a rapid decline of polar ice have made the Arctic a poster child for the negative effects of climate change. But new research shows that species living in the tropics likely face the greatest peril in a warmer world.

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