Academic Articles November 24

Source: The ocean is essential to tackling climate change. So why has it been neglected in global climate talks?


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Mapping the irrecoverable carbon in Earth’s ecosystems

  • Source: Nature Sustainability
  • Author(s): Monica L. Noon et al.
  • Avoiding catastrophic climate change requires rapid decarbonization and improved ecosystem stewardship at a planetary scale. The carbon released through the burning of fossil fuels would take millennia to regenerate on Earth. Though the timeframe of carbon recovery for ecosystems…

Biodiversity post‐2020: Closing the gap between global targets and national‐level implementation

  • Source: Conservation Letters
  • Author(s): Andrea Perino et al.
  • National and local governments need to step up efforts to effectively implement the post-2020 global biodiversity framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity to halt and reverse worsening biodiversity trends. Drawing on recent advances in interdisciplinary biodiversity science, we propose…

Conservation biology research priorities for 2050: A Central-Eastern European perspective

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Edina Csákvári et al.
  • One of the main goals of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 is to avoid further loss of biodiversity and to restore ecosystems. These efforts can be facilitated by compiling the main research topics related to conservation biology to provide new evidence for the most urgent knowledge gaps…

Global research trends and gaps in ecological compensation studies from 1990 to 2020: A scientometric review

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Li Wang et al.
  • Ecosystems are facing severe destruction and threats due to unreasonable human utilization. Repairing damage to nature and protect biodiversity through ecological compensation will be an inevitable measure for achieving sustainable development. To explore the current research hotspots…

Integration of preference heterogeneity into sustainable nature conservation: From practice to policy

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): José A. Zabala et al.
  • Understanding drivers of sustainable management is key to ensuring nature conservation. Income and environmental commitment are the main drivers of nature conservation. Environmental attitudes determine the willingness to pay for nature conservation…

Lessons from other disciplines for setting management thresholds for biodiversity conservation

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): Hilton Mairi et al.
  • Given the widespread use of state-dependent management in other fields, we conducted an extensive review of the literature on threshold-based management, to gain insight into how and where it is applied, and identify potential lessons for conservation management…

Long‐term trends in gastropod abundance and biodiversity: Disentangling effects of press versus pulse disturbances

  • Source: Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • Author(s): Michael R. Willig & Steven J. Presley
  • We leveraged three decades of annual data on tropical gastropods to quantify the effects of major hurricanes, associated secondary succession, and global warming on abundance, biodiversity, and species composition…

Food supplementation as a conservation intervention: A framework and a case of helping threatened shorebirds at a refuelling site

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Shoudong Zhang et al.
  • Supplemental feeding to mitigate the effects of food shortages may in some cases provide critical help to species conservation. However, supplemental feeding may have both positive and negative effects on wildlife and the environment. A scientifically designed feeding project…

Reconciling biome-wide conservation of an apex carnivore with land-use economics in the increasingly threatened Pantanal wetlands

  • Source: Scientific Reports
  • Author(s): Fernando R. Tortato et al.
  • Conservation of carnivores involves finding solutions to minimize habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict. Understanding the nature of land-use economics can allow us to mitigate both threats. In the Pantanal, the two main economic activities are cattle ranching and ecotourism, each of which…

The wild ancestors of domestic animals as a neglected and threatened component of biodiversity

  • Source: Conservation Biology
  • Author(s): William J. Smith et al.
  • Our aim is to focus attention on the contemporary status of these ancestral forms, by first discussing their scientific, practical and ecological importance; second, outlining the varied impacts of wild-domestic hybridization; and third discussing the challenges and potential resolutions involved in conservation efforts…

Systematic Conservation Planning in a Mediterranean island context: The Example of Cyprus

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): C.S. Christodoulou et al. 
  • Cyprus’ biodiversity is under increasing pressure due to anthropogenic activities. The Natura 2000 (N2K) sites under the Habitats Directive cover 10.4% of its island’s land surface while designation has been hindered by a complex political situation…

One-third of lands face high conflict risk between biodiversity conservation and human activities in China

  • Source: Journal of Environmental Management
  • Author(s): Qinyi Peng et al.
  • Biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate, and conservation is needed in many places including human-dominated landscapes. Evaluation of conflict risk between biodiversity conservation and human activities is a prerequisite for countries to develop strategies to achieve better conservation outcomes…
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