Saving a Million Species
Extinction Risk from Climate Change
The research paper "Extinction Risk from Climate Change" published in the journal Nature in January 2004 created front-page headlines around the world. The notion that climate change could drive more than a million species to extinction captured both the popular imagination and the attention of policy-makers, and provoked an unprecedented round of scientific critique.
Saving a Million Species reconsiders the central question of that paper: How many species may perish as a result of climate change and associated threats? Leaders from a range of disciplines synthesize the literature, refine the original estimates, and elaborate the conservation and policy implications.
- examines the initial extinction risk estimates of the original paper, subsequent critiques, and the media and policy impact of this unique study
- presents evidence of extinctions from climate change from different time frames in the past
- explores extinctions documented in the contemporary record
- sets forth new risk estimates for future climate change
- considers the conservation and policy implications of the estimates.
Saving a Million Species offers a clear explanation of the science behind the headline-grabbing estimates for conservationists, researchers, teachers, students, and policy-makers. It is a critical resource for helping those working to conserve biodiversity take on the rapidly advancing and evolving global stressor of climate change-the most important issue in conservation biology today, and the one for which we are least prepared.
Chapter 2. First Estimates of Extinction Risk from Climate Change \ Chris D. Thomas
Chapter 3. Climate Change, Extinction Risk, and Public Policy \ Jonathan Mawdsley, Guy Midgley and Lee Hannah
Chapter 5. The Use and Misuse of Species-Area Relationships in Predicting Climate-Driven Extinction \ John Harte and Justin Kitzes
Chapter 7. Global Warming and Widespread Coral Mortality: Evidence of First Coral Reef Extinctions \ Peter W. Glynn
Chapter 8. Extinction Risk at High Latitudes \ Eric Post and Jedediah Brodie
Chapter 10. Terrestrial Ecosystem Response to Climate Change during the Paleogene \ William C. Clyde and Rebecca LeCain
Chapter 11. Quaternary Extinctions and Their Link to Climate Change \ Barry W. Brook and Anthony D. Barnosky
Chapter 12. Quaternary Tropical Plant Extinction: A Paleoecological Perspective from the Neotropics \ Mark B. Bush and Nicole A. S. Mosblech
Chapter 14. Extinction Risk from Climate Change in Tropical Forests \ Yadvinder Malhi
Chapter 15. Coral Reefs, Climate Change, and Mass Extinction \ Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Chapter 16. Extinction Risk in a Changing Ocean \ Benjamin S. Halpern and Carrie V. Kappel
Chapter 17. Climate Change and Freshwater Fauna Extinction Risk \ N. LeRoy Poff, Julian D. Olden, and David L. Strayer
Chapter 18. Climate Change Impacts on Species Interactions: Assessing the Threat of Cascading Extinctions \ Lesley Hughes
Chapter 20. Saving a Million Species \ Lee Hannah