Academic Articles Nov. 20

The latest academic papers on conservation. If you have a paper that you would like to share, please get in contact with us. Click on the title to follow the link to each article. Please note that some of these articles are behind a paywall.


  • Amazon deforestation and number of fires show summer of 2019 not a ‘normal’ year
    • Title: Clarifying Amazonia’s burning crisis
    • Source: Global Change Biology
    • Author(s): Jos Barlow, Erika Berenguer, Rachel Carmenta, Filipe França.
    • The perceived scale of the Amazon blazes received global attention this summer. However, international concerns raised at the time were countered by the Brazilian Government, which claimed the fire situation in August was ‘normal’ and ‘below the historical average’. A new report finds that the number… DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14872
  • Applying biodiversity conservation research in practice
    • Title: Exploring and expanding the spaces between research and implementation in conservation science.
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Author(s): Bea Maas, Anne Toomey, Rafael Loyola
    • One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. This unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens valuable ecosystems and human well-being. But what is holding us back from putting conservation research into practice. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108290
  • Healthy mangroves help coral reef fisheries under climate stress
    • Title: Mangroves reduce the vulnerability of coral reef fisheries to habitat degradation
    • Source: PLOS Biology
    • Author(s): Alice Rogers, Peter J. Mumby.
    • Healthy mangroves can help fight the consequences of climate change on coral reef fisheries, according to a new study. Researchers say corals have been bleached and reefs have lost their structural complexity as a major consequence of warming seas. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000510
  • A global synthesis of biodiversity responses to glacier retreat
    • Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
    • Author(s): Sophie Cauvy-Fraunié & Olivier Dangles
    • Glaciers cover about 10% of the Earth’s land area but they are retreating rapidly and many will disappear within decades. Glacier retreat is a worldwide phenomenon increasing the threat to water resources, biodiversity and associated ecosystem services for hundreds of millions…
  • Contribution of the land sector to a 1.5 °C world
    • Source: Nature Climate Change
    • Author(s): Stephanie Roe et al
    • Transformation of the land sector is required to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5 °C. Here, modelled emission pathways and mitigation strategies are reviewed. A land-sector roadmap of priority…
  • Arctic loses carbon as winters wane
    • Source: Nature Climate Change
    • Author(s): John L. Campbell
    • Warming in the Arctic is causing soils to decompose more rapidly, even during winter. Now, estimates of winter carbon dioxide loss indicate that it can offset carbon gains during the growing season, meaning that the…
  • Protecting half of the planet could directly affect over one billion people
    • Source: Nature Sustainability
    • Author(s): Judith Schleicher et al
    • Recently, ecologists have begun discussing an idea for setting aside half of the Earth for conservation purposes. This study provides some of the first analysis of the impacts of doing so on society, based on assumptions about ecoregions and human footprint.

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