Climate change and extinctions

Isaac, Joanne L., and Williams, Stephen E. (2007) Climate change and extinctions. In: Levin, Simon A., (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Elsevier, - .

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Abstract

CLIMATE CHANGE is predicted to result in a worldwide loss of biodiversity, with extinctions becoming increasingly common in the future. The climate is changing at an ever more rapid rate, impacting on individuals and populations, through to community interactions and ecosystem function. Climate change will likely reduce worldwide biodiversity through negative effects on already extinction-prone species, such as endemics and those at the top of the food chain. This will likely result in a more homogeneous fauna and flora worldwide which is dominated by generalist taxa, which are able to adapt to the changing climatic conditions.

Item ID: 10795
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-012226865
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Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2010 00:33
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069902 Global Change Biology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960307 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) @ 50%
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