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Tropical turmoil: a biodiversity tragedy in progress


Bradshaw, CJA and Sodhi, NS and Brook, BW, Tropical turmoil: a biodiversity tragedy in progress, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 7, (2) pp. 79-87. ISSN 1540-9295 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 The Ecological Society of America

DOI: doi:10.1890/070193


All is not well for biodiversity in the tropics. Despite recent debate over the extent of future tropical extinctions and the effectiveness of reserve systems, the continued disappearance of habitat, soaring human population, and loss of vital ecosystem services demand immediate action. This crisis is worrying, given that tropical regions support over two-thirds of all known species and are populated by some of the world's poorest people, who have little recourse to lower environmental-impact lifestyles. Recent evidence has shown that in addition to unabated rates of forest loss coastal development, overexploitation of wildlife, catchment modification, and habitat conversion are threatening human well-being. We argue that the recent technical debate about likely extinctions masks the real issue that, to prevent further loss of irreplaceable tropical biodiversity, we must err on the side of caution. We need to avoid inadvertently supporting political agendas that assume low future extinction rates, because this will result in further destruction of tropical biodiversity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:tropical, biodiversity, extinction, habitat loss, conservation
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Consumption patterns, population issues and the environment
UTAS Author:Brook, BW (Professor Barry Brook)
ID Code:116074
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:258
Deposited By:Biological Sciences
Deposited On:2017-05-01
Last Modified:2017-09-25

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