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Sea level rise will threaten land species

A predicted 3-foot rise in sea levels by century’s end will leave many land animals at risk of extinction in Southeast Asia and Pacific regions, scientists say.

US and European researchers said the risk of extinction is highest for species endemic to only on certain islands and already endangered species.

The researchers’ study encompassed the entire Southeast Asian and Pacific region with more than 12,000 islands and the distribution of more than 3,000 vertebrate species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

Climate change models indicate many islands and atolls in the study region will lose large parts of their land area and some islands will even become completely submerged.

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