97 percent of Antarctica’s animals could be extinct by the end of the century
Scientists have said that penguins, seabirds and nematodes are the most vulnerable to extinction.
PLOS Biology reports that only 3 percent of living organisms will remain in Antarctica by 2100.
“Under the current scenario, with an increase in average temperature of 2 degrees Celsius, 65 percent (in the worst case, 97 percent, and in the best case, 37 percent) of Antarctic fauna – penguins, seabirds and nematodes – could become extinct,” the report says. .
Experts believe that the measures taken in the current protocol on environmental protection, added to the Antarctic Convention, are insufficient to solve the problem of global warming and the conservation of biodiversity in Antarctica. Therefore, experts propose to increase financial allocations for animal rescue. Scientists estimate the cost of the most effective programs calculated up to the end of this century at $1.92 billion.