Biodiversity Risks from Fossil Fuel Extraction

Butt, N., Beyer, H. L., Bennett, J. R., Biggs, D., Maggini, R., Mills, M., Renwick, A. R., Seabrook, L. M. and Possingham, H. P. (2013) Biodiversity Risks from Fossil Fuel Extraction. Science, 342 6157: 425-426. doi:10.1126/science.1237261

Author Butt, N.
Beyer, H. L.
Bennett, J. R.
Biggs, D.
Maggini, R.
Mills, M.
Renwick, A. R.
Seabrook, L. M.
Possingham, H. P.
Title Biodiversity Risks from Fossil Fuel Extraction
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0036-8075
Publication date 2013-10-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1126/science.1237261
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 342
Issue 6157
Start page 425
End page 426
Total pages 2
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Despite a global political commitment to reduce biodiversity loss by 2010 through the 2002 Convention on Biological Diversity, declines are accelerating and threats are increasing (1). Major threats to biodiversity are habitat loss, invasion by exotic species and pathogens, and climate change, all principally driven by human activities. Although fossil fuel (FF) extraction has traditionally been seen as a temporary and spatially limited perturbation to ecosystems (2), even local or limited biodiversity loss can have large cascade effects on ecosystem function and productivity. We explore the overlap between regions of high marine and terrestrial biodiversity and FF reserves to identify regions at particular risk of ecosystem destruction and biodiversity loss from exposure to FF extraction.
Keyword Oil
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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