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Recent climate change research

This page brings you links to the latest research from academia and botanic gardens on how climatic changes are impacting plant species and ecosystems. 

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Argentina's forests dwindle: biodiversity at risk
Interplay between climate change, environmental modification and deforestation made clear as Argentina loses its forests at a rate of more than 829,000 hectares a year (mainly where agriculture is pushing into native forests) leaving nearly 40% of animal and plant species in danger.
Forest resiliance, biodiversity and climate change
The Secretariat of the CBD has launched a synthesis report on the biodiversity/resilience/stability relationship in forest ecosystems. The report strongly supports the conclusion that the capacity of forests to resist change, or recover following disturbance, is dependent on biodiversity.
Species migration as climate warms
With global warming pushing some animals and plants to the brink of extinction, conservation biologists are now saying that the only way to save some species may be to move them.
Botanic gardens and climate change research
New paper discusses roles of botanic gardens in climate change research.
Amazon carbon source
Researchers have found that, for a period in 2005, the Amazon rainforest actually slipped into reverse gear and started to emit more carbon than it absorbed.
New thinking to tackle old problems
The best way to mitigate climate change and gain food security is to support small-scale, ecological farming, scientists and economists said at the IFAD Governing Council in Rome. This would be a turnaround from international agricultural strategies which promote monocropping and biotechnologies.
Climate change and plant invasions: restoration opportunities ahead?
Rather than simply enhancing invasion risk, climate change may also reduce invasive plant competitiveness if conditions become climatically unsuitable.
Lessening transpiration could increase warming
By losing less water, plants could worsen warming in a high-CO2 world, finds a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters. Stomata close under elevated CO2 concentrations, returning less water to the atmosphere through transpiration.
Biofuels may speed up, not slow climate change
Study from the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
Pre-emptive strike: outwitting extinctions
The latest work at the IUCN is looking at how climate change may effect individual species by way of predicting vulnerability and pre-empting theat.
Medicinal plants threatened by climate change
Excellent article in the Journal of the American Botanical Council, HerbalGram, discussing the threats posed by climate change on medcinal plants around the world.
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report enters phase II
The European Commission is asking interested stakeholders to submit evidence on the economic consequences of biodiversity loss. The contributions are for Phase II of TEEB, a global study on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity launched in 2007 as part of the Potsdam initiative.
Importance of old-growth forests as global carbon sinks, Nature 455
A new study published in Nature (Luyssaert et al., 2008) highlights the critical importance of old-growth forests; not only as carbon sinks but also as ongoing accumulators of carbon.

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