The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people

Scheffers, Brett R., De Meester, Luc, Bridge, Tom C. L., Hoffmann, Ary A., Pandolfi, John M., Corlett, Richard T., Butchart, Stuart H. M., Pearce-Kelly, Paul, Kovacs, Kit M., Dudgeon, David, Pacifici, Michela, Rondinini, Carlo, Foden, Wendy B., Martin, Tara G., Mora, Camilo, Bickford, David and Watson, James E. M. (2016) The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people. Science, 354 6313: 719-+. doi:10.1126/science.aaf7671

Author Scheffers, Brett R.
De Meester, Luc
Bridge, Tom C. L.
Hoffmann, Ary A.
Pandolfi, John M.
Corlett, Richard T.
Butchart, Stuart H. M.
Pearce-Kelly, Paul
Kovacs, Kit M.
Dudgeon, David
Pacifici, Michela
Rondinini, Carlo
Foden, Wendy B.
Martin, Tara G.
Mora, Camilo
Bickford, David
Watson, James E. M.
Title The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-9203
Publication date 2016-11-11
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1126/science.aaf7671
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 354
Issue 6313
Start page 719
End page +
Total pages 13
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Subject 1000 General
Abstract Most ecological processes now show responses to anthropogenic climate change. In terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, species are changing genetically, physiologically, morphologically, and phenologically and are shifting their distributions, which affects food webs and results in new interactions. Disruptions scale from the gene to the ecosystem and have documented consequences for people, including unpredictable fisheries and crop yields, loss of genetic diversity in wild crop varieties, and increasing impacts of pests and diseases. In addition to the more easily observed changes, such as shifts in flowering phenology, we argue that many hidden dynamics, such as genetic changes, are also taking place. Understanding shifts in ecological processes can guide human adaptation strategies. In addition to reducing greenhouse gases, climate action and policy must therefore focus equally on strategies that safeguard biodiversity and ecosystems.
Keyword Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID PF/2010/07
Institutional Status UQ

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