Saving a Million Species
Extinction Risk from Climate Change
How many species may perish as a result of climate change and associated threats?
The research paper 'Extinction Risk from Climate Change' published in the journal Nature in 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. + Full description
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 synthesise the literature, refine the original estimates, and elaborate the conservation and policy implications.
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.- Short description
- 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