Species ‘pushed out of the tropics’ by climate change

25 Aug 2020
Painted stork
The painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wader in the stork family, found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia. Credit: Saketh Upadhya.

The world’s tropical regions are home to the widest range of plants and animals, but research from The University of Queensland reveals that climate change is pushing species away, and fast.

UQ ARC Future Fellow Dr Tatsuya Amano led an international team that reviewed more than 1.3 million records of waterbird species, and found temperature increase is drastically affecting species abundance in the tropics.

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