Severe droughts may lead to widespread losses of biodiversity, but …

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After a recent butterfly census and combination of climate and other data were totaled, researchers say that several breeds could fall to the wayside by 2050 if habitat restoration and carbon reduction are not exacted. (Photo : wikipedia commons )

Climate Change and Drought: Butterfly Loss May Be Widespread By 2050

By Catherine Arnold

The scenarios we take for granted–butterflies that settle on garden flowers and allow their delicate wings to slow and then stop; bright or white pollinators migrating in large numbers–could drop off dramatically by 2050 in the U.K., report researchers from the Center for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), University of Exeter, Butterfly Conservation and Natural England, in a study recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

In their findings, the scientists report that severe droughts will lead to widespread losses, but that if greenhouse gas emissions are substantially reduced and landscapes managed well to reduce habitat fragmentation, maybe butterflies will continue pollinating and flying until at least 2100, a release noted.

Read the full article: Nature World News

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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