Extinction, climate change and the ecology of Homo sapiens

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Because of human domination, the world faces two major environmental problems—species extinctions and climate change. The still-elusive solutions to these global problems must address interlinked ecological, economic, political, ethical and cultural constraints and trade-offs, and will require unprecedented international cooperation. Major advances in ecological research will be essential and will require that ecology become a more mechanistic and predictive science. Research advances in disciplines ranging from evolution and population ecology to community and ecosystem ecology could greatly contribute to the formulation of viable, sustainable solutions. Synthesis. Because solutions must also be equitable, ethical, economically viable and societally sustainable, it will be increasingly important for ecologists to be part of multidisciplinary teams that evaluate the full range of interlinked environmental and societal impacts of alternative potential policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-750
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Ecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I thank Jane Catford and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments, and the US National Science Foundation grant DEB‐1831944 for support.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 British Ecological Society.


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