22 Jul '13, 8pm

Climate Change Driving World’s Rarest Cat to Extinction via @ecorazzi

Climate Change Driving World’s Rarest Cat to Extinction via @ecorazzi

The beautiful Iberian Lynx currently tops the list of the world’s most endangered felines with only 250 animals living outside of captivity in the southern regions of Spain. In a recent study , the scientific journal Nature Climate Change predicted that the fate of the lynx hangs in a delicate balance. Due to their very specific forest/grassland habitat needs and the industrialization of their former territory, the wild lynx are currently facing an ever-decreasing amount of hunting land. And, as climate change drives their main food source (the rabbit) away from this land, the lynx must deal with the threat of hunger in addition to illegal poaching and habitat pollutants. If current conditions persist, Nature Climate Change estimates the “time to extinction to be less than 50 years, even with rapid and deep global cuts to anthropogenic [man-made] greenhouse-gas emissions.”...

Full article: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/07/22/climate-change-driving...

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