Report: Climate-fueled Superstorms Pushing Extinctions
Human-caused climate change is multiplying the destructive power of hurricanes by increasing their intensity, rainfall and storm surge. A Center for Biological Diversity report released Wednesday identifies 10 U.S. species especially at risk from these superstorms, including the Puerto Rican parrot, Florida manatee, Perdido Key beach mouse and Schaus swallowtail butterfly.
"The climate crisis is feeding monster hurricanes that bring suffering and death to some of our nation's most vulnerable wildlife," said report author Shaye Wolf, the Center's climate science director. "With each superstorm, coastal species already near extinction are blown away by brutal winds, drowned by floodwaters or left with decimated habitats. It'll only get worse until we get serious about curbing climate pollution."
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