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Type: Journal article
Title: Synergies among extinction drivers under global change
Author: Brook, B.
Sodhi, N.
Bradshaw, C.
Citation: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 2008; 23(8):453-460
Publisher: Elsevier Science London
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0169-5347
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Barry W. Brook, Navjot S. Sodhi and Corey J.A. Bradshaw
Abstract: If habitat destruction or overexploitation of populations is severe, species loss can occur directly and abruptly. Yet the final descent to extinction is often driven by synergistic processes (amplifying feedbacks) that can be disconnected from the original cause of decline. We review recent observational, experimental and meta-analytic work which together show that owing to interacting and self-reinforcing processes, estimates of extinction risk for most species are more severe than previously recognised. As such, conservation actions which only target single-threat drivers risk being inadequate because of the cascading effects caused by unmanaged synergies. Future work should focus on how climate change will interact with and accelerate ongoing threats to biodiversity, such as habitat degradation, overexploitation and invasive species.
Keywords: Animals; Humans; Conservation of Natural Resources; Biodiversity; Greenhouse Effect; Tropical Climate; Extinction, Biological
Description: Copyright © 2008 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020082166
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2008.03.011
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