Range retractions and extinction in the face of climate warming

Thomas, Chris D., Franco, Aldina M. A. and Hill, Jane K. (2006) Range retractions and extinction in the face of climate warming. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 21 (8). pp. 415-416. ISSN 1872-8383

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Abstract

Until recently, published evidence for the responses of species to climate change had revealed more examples of species expanding than retracting their distributions. However, recent papers on butterflies and frogs now show that population-level and species-level extinctions are occurring. The relative lack of previous information about range retractions and extinctions appears to stem, at least partly, from a failure to survey the distributions of species at sufficiently fine resolution to detect declines, and from a failure to attribute such declines to climate change. The new evidence suggests that climate-driven extinctions and range retractions are already widespread.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 13:05
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 19:53
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/31071
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2006.05.012

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