The findings could be used to help warn local citizens of impending risks, preventing property damage and displacement.
Drying due to rising air temperatures and a decline in the evaporation of the world’s oceans could further shrink forest and crop yields.
For many lizards, global climate change is a matter of life and death. After decades of surveying Sceloporus lizard populations in Mexico, an international research team has found that rising temperatures have driven 12% of the country’s lizard populations to extinction. An extinction model based on this discovery also forecasts a grim future for these ecologically important critters, predicting that a full 20% of all lizard species could be extinct by the year 2080.