Record temperatures set to reach tropics first
Tropical regions will be the first to experience unprecedented climate change, leading to significant upheaval for biodiversity and communities, according to a study published in Nature today.
Regions near the equator will be subject to mean temperatures hotter than anything experienced on record an average of 15 years before the rest of the world, putting a strain on their rich biodiversity, which is adapted to stable climate conditions, finds the study.
“Species living at the poles are already adapted to the huge variability in the climate there and so are better equipped to deal with climate change than species in the tropics, which are used to having a very stable climate,” says Camilo Mora, an assistant geography professor from the University of Hawaii, United States, and lead author of the study.
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