Study Says Climate Change May Trigger Habitat Loss for Snow Leopard

Source: Headline Himalaya

A study titled “Conservation and Climate Change: Assessing the Vulnerability of Snow Leopard Habitat to Tree Line Shift in the Himalaya” has indicated that of the estimated 270,000 km2 of Snow Leopard habitat in the Himalayan region, about 30% may be lost due to tree line shrinking and shifting of the alpine zone. The study highlights that in the case of IPCC greenhouse gas high emissions scenario, Bhutan and Nepal may lose snow leopard habitat by about 55% and  40% respectively whereas the loss has been estimated to be 25% in India and China.

June 2012
Biological Conservation, Volume 150, Issue 1, Pages 129-135

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