Rising temperature may cause extinction of butterfly species by 2050

Rising temperature may cause extinction of butterfly species by 2050

The New York Times published that the six species currently under threat due to rising temperatures include the cabbage white, the small cabbage white, the green-veined white, the speckled wood, the large skipper and the ringlet and are native to England.

The records from the last big heat wave in the UK suggest that butterflies fall in the category of danger and may extinct by 2050 due to extreme weather conditions by 2050.

Tom Oliver, from the Nerc Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford, England told BBC that the extinction of butterflies might affect other important functions such as pest control, pollution and decomposition of waste.

In the drought that occurred in 1995, 129 sites were studied and studies showed decline in about 28 species of butterflies which suggest their drought-sensitive nature. Different models were made projecting butterfly populations and their relation to extreme weather conditions.

The study was solely based on the effect of drought on the butterfly population and lacked any evidence in relation to the adaptation ability of these species to drier conditions as reported by the Verge.

The scientists said that global warming is the prime cause for these extreme weather disturbances that occur due to emission of carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere.

And if these conditions are not brought under control, many other animal species are likely to suffer and may hamper the nature's cycle.

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