Climate change impacts Antarctic biodiversity habitat

I stopped reading at “could expand.”

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From the University of Queensland

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Ice-free areas of Antarctica – home to more than 99 per cent of the continent’s terrestrial plants and animals – could expand by more than 17,000km2 by the end of this century, a study published today in Nature reveals.

Led by University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences PhD student Jasmine Lee, the study is the first to investigate how ice-free areas in Antarctica may be affected by climate change.

Ms Lee said Antarctic ice-free areas cover less than one per cent of the continent, ranging from the size of a football pitch to the size of a small Pacific Island.

“Ice-free areas make for small patches of suitable habitat for plants and animals – like islands in a sea of ice,” she said.

“These areas are home to the majority of Antarctic…

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