The study finds that lizards are suffering local extinctions worldwide due exclusively to warmer temperatures. The researchers conclude that climate change could push 20 percent of the world’s lizards to extinction within 70 years. Some places like Madagascar — with 210 species of lizards and half of the world’s chameleons — appear particularly susceptible to a mass extinction of lizards.
Source: Climate change devastating lizards worldwide: 20 percent estimated to face extinction – Mongabay.com
Date: 13 May 2010