Academic Articles Jun. 25

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.

  • Climate change to overtake land use as major threat to global biodiversity
    • Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
    • Author(s): Tim Newbold
    • Abstract: Climate change will have a rapidly increasing effect on the structure of global ecological communities over the next few decades, with amphibians and reptiles being significantly more affected than birds and mammals, a new report finds.
  • Gravity of human impacts mediates coral reef conservation gains.
    • Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    • Author(s): J.E. Cinner et al.
    • Abstract: A massive study of nearly 1800 tropical coral reefs around the world has found that marine reserves near heavily populated areas struggle to do their job — but are a vast improvement over having no protection at all.
  • Local costs of conservation exceed those borne by the global majority
    • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
    • Author(s): Jonathan M.H. Green et al.
    • Abstract: Cost data are crucial in conservation planning to identify more efficient and equitable land use options. However, many studies focus on just one cost type and neglect others, particularly those borne locally. We develop, for a high priority conservation area, spatial models of two local costs that arise from protected areas: foregone agricultural opportunities and increased wildlife damage. 
  • Planning, Science, and Traditional Knowledge to Save Our Seas
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Irina S. Trukhanova
    • Abstract: Sustainable development is “a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (World Commission on Environment and Development 1987). The rapid changes of today are driven not only by natural processes, but also by an exponential growth of human population and exploding industrialization.

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