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Biodiversity redistribution under climate change

In a recent paper published in prestige journal Science, a host of authors, including CTBCC's Steve Williams, investigate how climate change is causing the redistribution of plant and animal species, and how this will impact human populations.
Biodiversity redistribution under climate change

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The study first reviews the mounting evidence for shifts in species distributions and geographic range and climate change advances globally.

The researchers then go on to investigate how these shifts in biodiversity are likely to impact human populations.  They demonstrate the serious consequences of this species redistribution for economic development, livelihoods, food security, human health, and culture. As with other impacts of climate change, species range shifts will leave “winners” and “losers” in their wake, radically reshaping the pattern of human well-being between regions and different sectors and potentially leading to substantial conflict. 

Read the full article here.

Read the media release here.

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