Climate change, biodiversity & people
Climate change is already having a significant impact on the natural world, being forecasted to be a major driver of species extinction this century. Innovative approaches for mitigation and adaptation are needed. ZSL is determined to support local, national and international efforts to address climate change by conducting strong science, convening experts, testing new approaches and highlighting the implications to species, ecosystems and humans alike.
ZSL - tackling the climate change crisis (3.3 MB)
How do we know what animals are under threat?
ZSL is continually documenting and monitoring the impact of climate change on species’ physiology, behaviour, demography and distribution. This research will inform international efforts aimed at identifying species most likely to be severely impacted by climate change. It is only by understanding the risk that we can hope to effectively minimise them.
What solutions are we developing?
There are solutions to climate change. Deforestation is an important driver of CO2 emissions, and one of the things we are doing is to work with communities in Indonesia and DRC to reduce deforestation and protect biodiversity.
How does ZSL reduce its carbon emissions?
Our long-term goal is to be carbon neutral. To achieve this, we monitor our carbon footprint; use recycled office stationery; recycle anything we can; minimise energy and water consumption; and we keep reducing our dependence on fossil fuel.
ZSL - climate change position statement
“ZSL is greatly concerned by climate change and the impacts it will have on wildlife and humans alike.
"We all need to act now to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases and support vital ecosystems and habitats while we can still make a difference. You can help make a better future.”
Ralph Armond, ZSL Director General
How is climate change affecting ecosystem services?
We all use a multitude of resources and services that are supplied by natural ecosystems. Such services are likely to be negatively impacted by climate change. ZSL is tracking the impact of climate change on ecosystem functioning. This allows us to predict whether we will still be able to benefit from those free services in the future.
What can you do to help?
There are a lot of things we all do that cause carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. Conservation really does start at home. By doing simple things such as preferentially using public transport and eating local food, you can help reduce climate change and protect species, habitats and ecosystems. Find out how you can help