New insights into the tropical biodiversity crisis

Laurance, William F., and Wright, S. Joseph (2009) New insights into the tropical biodiversity crisis. Conservation Biology, 23 (6). pp. 1382-1385.

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Abstract

For conservation biologists, the contemporary loss of tropical biodiversity is among the greatest of all concerns. Regarded as the biologically richest ecosystems on the planet, old-growth tropical forests are disappearing at an alarming pace—roughly 30–60 football fields per minute (approximately 8–15 million ha/year) in recent decades (Achard et al. 2002; FAO 2007; Grainger 2008). During the past half-century, numerous tropical nations, including many in West Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central America, and Oceania, among others, have suffered striking declines in forest cover (FAO 2007). Even the world's greatest tropical forests, such as the Amazon and Congo Basin, are being rapidly altered (Laurance et al. 2001; Soares-Filho et al. 2006; Laporte et al. 2007).

Item ID: 5608
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
Keywords: tropical biology, conservation, tropical forests, global warming, deforestation, habitat fragmentation, climatic change, species extinctions, emerging pathogens, environmental synergisms
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ISSN: 1523-1739
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2010 00:52
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8998 Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services > 899899 Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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