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effects on species restricted to fragmented habitats. Steve Williams of James Cook University, Australia, presented an analysis of the potential effects of climate change on the vertebrate fauna of the wet tropics of Australia, especially the 72 species endemic to the region. While a conservative scenario of a 1E C temperature rise would result in the direct loss of only one endemic, a perhaps more likely rise of 3.5E could cause the loss of 50% of the endemic fauna.


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Contact: William F. Laurance
laurancew@tivoli.si.edu
011-507-212-8252
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
1-Aug-2002


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