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June 01, 2020 - Science alert

Thousands of Species Are Fleeing to Earth's Poles en Masse, And a Pattern's Emerging

Thousands of Species Are Fleeing to Earth's Poles en Masse, And a Pattern's Emerging
Tuna on the Move File Image: (c) Photabulous!

We know that global warming is forcing many animals around the world to flee their normal habitats, but now, an exhaustive analysis has shown marine species are booking it for the poles six times faster than those on land.

Drawing together 258 peer-reviewed studies, researchers compared over 30,000 habitat shifts in more than 12,000 species of bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals.

The resulting database, named BioShifts, is the first comprehensive analysis of its kind, and while the database is limited by our own, human research biases, the data we have certainly suggests marine species are following global thermal shifts much closer than land animals.

Read more at Science alert


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