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Synergies among extinction drivers under global change

Brook, Barry William, Sodhi, Navjot S. and Bradshaw, Corey J. A. (2008). Synergies among extinction drivers under global change. Trends in Ecology and Evolution,23(8):453-460.

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Title Synergies among extinction drivers under global change
Author Brook, Barry William
Sodhi, Navjot S.
Bradshaw, Corey J. A.
Journal Name Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 23
Issue Number 8
ISSN 0169-5347   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-47049128876
Start Page 453
End Page 460
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication UK
Publisher Elsevier
Field of Research 0501 - Ecological Applications
0502 - Environmental Science and Management
0602 - Ecology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
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.
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