The Paris Agreement, which was supposed to combat the worst effects of climate change, might be more vital to the survival of our environment. A study out of the University of Arizona suggests that the planet stands to lose around a third of the plant and animal species within the next fifty years if we don't reverse the damage that we do.
In the study, researchers looked at 500 endangered species from around the world and what they disovered was that the species that were in the most peril lived in places where the average temperature had changed the most significantly due to the climate crisis.
Cristian Román-Palacios, one of the researchers, said in a statement,"when we put all of these pieces of information together for each species, we can come up with detailed estimates of global extinction rates for hundreds of plant and animal species."
The researchers stated that the area in the most danger were places in the tropics, which have seen the highest temperature increase overall. Most of the United States is considered a temperate region but areas in the south may feel the effect.
As stated in their paper's abstract, which has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers have come to a single conclusion: "The response of species to climate change is of increasingly urgent importance."
"In a way, it's a 'choose your own adventure,'" said researcher John J. Wiens. "If we stick to the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, we may lose fewer than two out of every 10 plant and animal species on Earth by 2070. But if humans cause larger temperature increases, we could lose more than a third or even half of all animal and plant species, based on our results."