Who the run the world?
But their reign might be coming to an end, thanks to global warming.
A new study suggests global warming is an even bigger threat to Earth s most divine creature than we previously thought.
A 2010 study conducted at the University of Santa Cruz predicted 40% of our precious lizard population will be dead by 2080, meaning about 20% of all lizard species will go extinct.
Lizards are disproportionately affected by global warming because they re cold-blooded, which means they regulate their body temperature using their external environment.
The lead author of the latest study, Clemson University biologist Michael Sears, notes that the computer models in the 2010 study assume the lizard can find a piece of shade anywhere in the environment instantly if it needed it, which doesn t take into account the fact that it takes lizards energy and time to find shade.