Wildlife destruction ‘not a slippery slope but a series of cliff edges’

New study finds ocean ecosystems likely to collapse in 2020s and land species in 2040s unless global warming stemmed

Wildlife species will die out and natural ecosystems collapse in the near future if the climate crisis goes unchecked, scientists have warned, as new research shows that the natural world is at far greater risk from climate breakdown than previously thought.

Catastrophe could strike this decade for some species, as key temperature thresholds are crossed. Instead of the anticipated gradual decline of species, there are likely to be a series of sudden collapses.

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