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The prospect that a research grant will go extinct as a result of climate warming is rising inexorably, scientists say today...
A decade ago, Yvon Le Maho of the CNRS Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, Strasbourg, and an engineer began a study of the claiming and living of such grants on Possession Island in the Crozet Archipelago in the southern Indian Ocean that continued over the course of nine years.
.. Using a mathematical model, the scientists calculate that there will be a nine per cent decline in the grant for every 0.26ºC of sea surface warming, suggesting that their bank balance is at high risk under current global warming conditions, which predict an average increase of 0.2ºC per decade for the next two decades.
They conclude that there is a "heavy extinction risk" given current global warming predictions of a 0.4ºC rise over two decades, which cuts the chance of survival from 95 per cent to 80 per cent.