Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Global warming threatens extinction for UK butterflies

By Matt McGrathEnvironment correspondent, BBC News

10 August 2015 

Global warming could drive drought sensitive butterfly species to extinction in the UK by 2050, according to new research.

Scientists found that even the lowest expected levels of warming could decimate populations.

However the researchers found that restoring connections between butterfly habitats could help modify the worst impacts.

The research has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Although many people believe that butterflies are creatures that love the warmth, periods of extremely hot and dry weather can significantly reduce populations.

In this study, British researchers looked at the impact of an extreme drought event in 1995 on butterfly species. This was the most arid summer since records began in 1776.

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