31 May '11, 10am

Whither biodiversity in climatic uncertainty? - Earth Times

Whither biodiversity in climatic uncertainty? - Earth Times

A new study looks at predicted climatic changes in protected areas of California and attempts to identify the future of species and ecosystems with these variations in foresight. Climate is a major factor in controlling global patterns of vegetation structure and productivity, as well as plant and animal species composition. And although species have throughout geological time responded to climate fluctuations, one of the primary concerns of conservation biologists is the current rapid rates of human-caused climate change . An article, currently in press in the journal Biological Conservation , uses projections of future climate conditions to assess how climate may change under future conditions. This model also permits the researches to identify climatic conditions that may no longer occur, referred to as 'disappearing climates', or that will be new to that state, termed ...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/whither-biodiversi...

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