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The physical and biological impacts of climate change are dramatic and broad-ranging. People who care about the planet and manage natural resources urgently need a synthesis of our rapidly growing understanding of these issues. In this all-new sequel to the 2005 volume Climate Change and Biodiversity, leading experts in the field summarize observed changes, assess what the future holds, and offer suggested responses.
Edited by distinguished conservationist Thomas E. Lovejoy and climate change biologist Lee Hannah, this comprehensive volume includes the latest research and explores emerging topics. From extinction risk to ocean acidification, the future of the Amazon to changes in ecosystem services, and geoengineering to the power of ecosystem restoration, Biodiversity and Climate Change captures the sweep of climate change transformation of the biosphere. An authoritative, up-to-date reference, this is the new benchmark synthesis for climate change scientists, conservationists, managers, policymakers, and educators.
Thomas E. Lovejoy is university professor at George Mason University. Lee Hannah is senior scientist at Conservation International and adjunct professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
"Lovejoy and Hannah generate a compelling story of the species extinctions that will accompany ongoing, rapid changes in Earth's climate, coupled with the unrelenting pressure of human population growth."
– William H. Schlesinger, President Emeritus, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
"Biodiversity and Climate Change: Transforming the Biosphere serves as a comprehensiveaccount of this greatest of threatsto humanity's future. It will serve both as atextbook and a call to action."
– From the Foreword by Edward O. Wilson
"An authoritative analysis of the increasing speed and scale of climate change impacts on our biodiversity, together with an illuminating set of specific ways to use our biodiversity to address climate change. A powerful coupling."
– Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UN Climate Change Convention 2010 – 2016
"This book isn't just a call to heed the science; it's a call to citizens everywhere to live up to their responsibilities and protect this fragile planet we share."
– John Kerry, United States Secretary of State, 2013-2017"
Mankind's heedless extraction and pollution of our planet's resources is tearing apart the web of natural systems that has sustained our species throughout the long course of human development. Tom Lovejoy and Lee Hannah have assembled a book that chronicles these emerging ecological and climatic disasters; yet gives hope that we can still help Earth's systems heal, and blunt the suffering of coming generations."
– Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator for Rhode Island
"Escape to Mars is not a realistic option for any species. Lovejoy and Hannah's assessments will help us chart a feasible pathway to preservation of our remarkable world."
– James Hansen, Columbia University Earth Institute
"We've all heard the clanging alarms about climate change. This book is an extraordinary scientific portrait, expert, multifaceted, and up-to-date, of how those changes are affecting biological diversity – upon which we humans depend, of which we are part. Don't send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for us."
– David Quammen, author of The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
"Come explore this comprehensive and insightful synthesis that underscores the intimately interconnected nature of biodiversity and climate change – its past, present and future."
– Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University
"As the global community prepares a post-2020 Global Deal for Nature, this book reminds us of the importance of ecosystems and nature-based solutions to advance the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the 2050 Biodiversity Vision."
– Dr. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, UN Assistant Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
"Biodiversity and Climate Change lays out the latest science on the central challenges of our time. It is clear, comprehensive, and utterly compelling – an essential addition to the literature."
– Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History