Strategies for reducing extinction risk under a changing climate

Jessica J. Hellmann, Vicky J. Meretsky, Jason S. McLachlan

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In a world characterized by increasing mean temperatures and a higher frequency of climatic extremes, species will reorganize their geographic distributions to track changing conditions, evolve new environmental tolerances, or risk local or global extinction. Limitations on rapid evolutionary change for most organisms of conservation concern suggest that range shifts are the most feasible mechanism for evading extinction under climate change, and migration was a common mode of species response following postglacial warming (Davis and Shaw, 2001). Changes in the geographic ranges of species will cause changes in communities, altering biological systems as we know them and affecting ecosystem services and functions. Central to these ecological changes are changes in cultural, economic, and aesthetic values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSaving a Million Species
Subtitle of host publicationExtinction Risk from Climate Change
PublisherIsland Press-Center for Resource Economics
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781610911825
ISBN (Print)1597265691, 9781597265690
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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