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Climate Shifts Could Doom Two-Thirds of North American Birds (1)

Oct. 10, 2019, 3:29 PMUpdated: Oct. 10, 2019, 5:25 PM

Two-thirds of North American birds could disappear within decades, and some, like the common loon and the American robin, would lose much of their breeding range as a result of climate change, according to a National Audubon Society study.

The study, released Oct. 10, looked at 604 bird species and assessed each species’ vulnerability to extinction from climate-driven shifts in temperature, rainfall, and vegetation.

At the highest warming scenario of 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 Fahrenheit), 305 bird species face three or more climate-related impacts, according to the report. The study found that keeping global temperatures down would help save...

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