Global environment already hit hard by climate change, study shows

Scientists examining published reports dating back to 1970 have found that at least 90% of environmental damage and disruption around the world can be explained by rising temperatures driven by human activity.

Global warming is disrupting wildlife and the environment on every continent, the unprecedented study shows. The research team included
members of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from the US, Europe, Australia and China.

Big falls in Antarctic penguin populations, fewer fish in African lakes, shifts in American river flows and earlier flowering and bird migrations in Europe are all likely to be driven by global warming, the Guardian reported the study as finding.

A large number of the studies included in the team’s analysis reveal stark changes in water availability as the world gets warmer. In many regions snow and ice melts earlier in the year, the report said, driving up spring water levels in rivers and lakes, with droughts following in the summer.

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