BGCI Climate change report
This report is designed to fill the gap in current literature on how plants, the fundamental members of the majority of Earth’s ecosystems, are being affected by climate change. It gathers and summarises in one place the most up-to-date scientific thinking on the effects of the various aspects of climate change on plants the world over. The report looks at the physiological effects of climate change on plants, including plant responses to rising CO2, temperature change, water supply and soil composition, as well as detailing how plant-to-plant, plant-pathogen and plant-pollinator relationships may change and thus impact plant community structure, ecosystems and the livelihoods of many millions of people. Use of existing red lists allows the document to outline what types of species are particularly at risk and what can be done to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The report also ties the science in with the Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation (on the BGCI website at www.bgci.org/conservation/climatechange/) and goes on to outline the management responses available to us and make recommendations for further action.