Navigation Links
New study shows world's protected areas threatened by climate change
Date:12/10/2007

Denpasar, Indonesia (Dec. 10, 2007) Climate change will affect national parks, forest reserves and other protected areas around the world, in some cases altering conditions so severely that the resulting environments will be virtually new to the planet, according to a study presented at the U.N. climate change talks in Bali, Indonesia.

Scientists from Conservation International (CI), the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland analyzed the World Protected Areas Database with ten Global Climate Models and three different scenarios examined by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

They found that under the most likely scenario, more than half the worlds protected territory is vulnerable to impacts of climate change, with some regions facing the disappearance of current climatic conditions by 2100 or a transition to conditions not found on Earth in the previous century.

We previously assumed that if the land is protected, then the plants and animals living there will persist, said Sandy Andelman, lead author of the study and CIs vice president who heads the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) network. That may be wishful thinking.

Countries where 90 percent or more of the total protected territory has climate conditions that will disappear globally or be transformed to novel climates are Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Niger, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda and Venezuela.

With millions of people living in the most seriously affected countries, maintaining the health of protected areas and the biological diversity they contain is crucial to the availability of fresh water, food, medicines and other life-sustaining benefits of nature.

However, the study indicates that climate change will cause increased extinctions of species unable to adapt to altered climatic conditions, and substantial changes to the natural ecosystems.

We urgently need to better understand how climate change will affect life on Earth so we can develop solutions, and to do that we need consistent data about long-term trends at a very large scale, Andelman said.

Her TEAM network, established through CI funding, monitors such long-term trends in the biological diversity of tropical forests. A network of tropical field stations using standardized methods of data collection allows scientists anywhere on Earth to quantify how tropical nature is responding to climate change and human impacts. The first five TEAM sites operate in tropical forests across Latin America, with the program expanding to Africa and Asia by the end of 2008 and plans for 20 sites on three continents by the end of 2009.

The study also identified refuge countries where protected areas face minimal risk from climate change, including Botswana, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone and Somalia. Ensuring the adequate protection of nature reserves in these countries will provide baseline information to help understand the dynamics of biological diversity relatively unaffected by climate change.

Along with Andelman, the papers authors are Jan Dempewolf of the University of Maryland, Jack Williams of the University of Wisconsin, and two members of CIs Center for Applied Biodiversity Science Jenny Hewson, a remote sensing specialist, and Erica Ashkenazi, a GIS specialist.


'/>"/>

Contact: Tom Cohen
tcohen@conservation.org
62-813-183-59753
Conservation International
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
2. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
3. Study, meta-analysis examine factors associated with death from heatstroke
4. Study suggests loss of 2 types of neurons -- not just 1 -- triggers Parkinsons symptoms
5. Study says COPD testing is not measuring up
6. Preclinical study suggests organ-transplant drug may aid in lupus fight
7. Ability to cope with stress can increase good cholesterol in older white men, study finds
8. High alcohol consumption increases stroke risk, Tulane study says
9. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
10. Pitt study finds inequality in tobacco advertising
11. Stanford study highlights cost-effective method of lowering heart disease risks
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... CHICAGO (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... comprehensive treatment for eating, mood and anxiety disorders, has rebranded its eating disorder program ... a new residential eating disorder treatment facility on May 16. , To celebrate, ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... The National Resident Matching Program® ... Match® (“the Match”), the system through which U.S. and international medical school students ... positions were placed in the 2016 Match, and 29,572 were filled when the ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... East Los Angeles dentist , ... can visit Dr. Assili to receive any dental extraction treatment for $40 off the ... June 30, 2016. With the lower price, patients can more easily afford extractions to ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... Vegas, NV (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 ... ... Specialty Pharmacy Times, has announced a new Specialty Pharmacy Patient Satisfaction Award that ... determined based on the quarterly results from Zitter Health Insights’ Specialty Pharmacy Patient ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... prescription medications, including anxiolytics, painkillers, antidepressants and cholesterol-lowering drugs, may cause cognitive ... Detox Center —a leading Florida-based drug treatment facility—advises patients to research the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/2/2016)... Leading Economies with Fastest Real GDP Annual Percentage Change, 2015  ... 7.3, , Source: IMF and TechSci Research   ... Brazil , Russia , India , ... the fastest GDP growth during the first decade of the 21 st ... Brazil and Russia , along with policy ...
(Date:5/2/2016)...  While nearly three-quarters of Americans (71%) are aware ... health, only about half report taking any steps to ... a new survey announced today by Hologic (Nasdaq: ... Osteoporosis Month, Hologic is raising awareness of this major ... Americans. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... May 2, 2016 The ... USD 11.1 billion by 2024, according to a ... Major drivers of the sonography market include expanding ... government recommendations for periodic ultrasound screenings of the ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150105/723757 ) High Intensity ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: