By Russell A. Mittermeier, Will R. Turner, Frank W. Larsen, Thomas M. Brooks (auth.), Frank E. Zachos, Jan Christian Habel (eds.)
Biodiversity and its conservation are one of the major international themes in technology and politics and maybe the significant problem for the current and coming generations. This ebook written through foreign specialists from diversified disciplines includes common chapters on range and its dimension, human affects on biodiversity hotspots on a world scale, human range itself and numerous geographic areas showing excessive degrees of variety. The parts coated variety from genetics and taxonomy to evolutionary biology, biogeography and the social sciences. as well as the vintage hotspots within the tropics, the e-book additionally highlights a variety of different ecosystems harbouring detailed species groups together with coral reefs and the Southern Ocean. The process taken considers, yet isn't really constrained to, the unique hotspot definition sensu stricto and provides a bankruptcy introducing the thirty fifth hotspot, the forests of East Australia. whereas, as a result of a bias in information availability, the vast majority of contributions on specific taxa care for vertebrates and vegetation, a few additionally care for the less-studied invertebrates. This ebook should be crucial examining for someone concerned with biodiversity, fairly researchers and practitioners within the fields of conservation biology, ecology and evolution.
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5 Securing Hotspots for the Future Threats to hotspots are similar to, although generally more intense than, threats to biodiversity worldwide. Habitat destruction, projected to remain the dominant threat to terrestrial biodiversity even in an era of climate change (Sala et al. 2000), is pervasive in hotspots and driving extinctions in many (Brooks et al. 2002). The growing impacts of climate change will be felt worldwide, as altered precipitation and temperature, rising oceans, and climate-driven habitat loss threaten a large fraction of species with extinction (Thomas et al.
4 Social and Economic Context The biodiversity extinction crisis is one of several grave challenges facing humanity today. Climate change and the persistence of poverty pose the prospect of a grim future for Earth and billions of its human inhabitants. These challenges, though, are intimately intertwined. The same environmental degradation that threatens the persistence of species contributes substantially to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and undermines the ecosystem services that support human communities.
Fishpool, personal communication). While most of the global conservation priority templates were generated for the whole globe at one time, area identification under the site-specific approaches is a continuous process that is still ongoing in many different countries. 2). Conventions are binding international agreements with the contracting parties committing themselves to particular tasks and goals as defined in the convention text and during subsequent meetings that take place at regular intervals.
Biodiversity Hotspots: Distribution and Protection of Conservation Priority Areas by Russell A. Mittermeier, Will R. Turner, Frank W. Larsen, Thomas M. Brooks (auth.), Frank E. Zachos, Jan Christian Habel (eds.)