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Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity in Central America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic

by Sarah Schmidt last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:45 AM
Contributors: USAID, CATHALAC, NASA, GDA

The recently-published Fourth Assessment Report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that Latin America and the Caribbean will certainly not be left unscathed by such global changes. Within the broader region, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean stand out as their biological resources of are globally significant, putting both sub-regions in the ranks of the world’s top twenty-five “biodiversity hotspots.” In Mesoamerica alone, 7% of the globe’s terrestrial species inhabit less than 1% of earth’s landmass. One key concern, therefore, is the impact climate change will have on such globally significant biodiversity. Among other questions, this study seeks to assess the potential impacts of rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns on the region’s species and ecosystems.

Author(s): USAID, CATHALAC, NASA, GDA

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