Global warming puts nearly half of species in key places at risk: report

An elephant splashes at sunset in the waters of the Chobe river in Botswana in 2015.

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  • Animals like tigers and elephants are at risk due to climate change, study finds
  • Unique places like the Amazon and Madagascar are at serious risk

(CNN)About half of all plants and animals in 35 of the world's most biodiverse places are at risk of extinction due to climate change, a new report claims.

"Hotter days, longer periods of drought, and more intense storms are becoming the new normal, and species around the world are already feeling the effects," said Nikhil Advani, lead specialist for climate, communities and wildlife at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The report, a collaboration between the University of East Anglia, the James Cook University, and the WWF, found that nearly 80,000 plants and animals in 35 diverse and wildlife-rich areas -- including the Amazon rainforest, the Galapagos islands, southwest Australia and Madagascar -- could become extinct if global temperatures rise.
    The 35 places were chosen based on their "uniqueness and the variety of plants and animals found there," the WWF said.