Hot and bothered? Species vulnerability to climate change

Is it possible to predict which species will be most vulnerable to future changes in climate?

Climate change is a term so commonly used in modern day life that we can often lose sight of its potentially far-reaching implications. Despite all we already know about climate change and how it may affect our world, we know very little about its effects on species of both flora and fauna. A changing climate adds to existing threats to these species, accelerating rates of population decline, and ultimately resulting in extinctions.

Assessments of species’ climate change vulnerability can be effective, but how can we ensure the reliability of assessments when a number of different approaches exist? Can we apply what we know about well-studied taxa to those we know less about? Would a system based approach be more reliable? How can vulnerability assessments be incorporated into extinction risk assessments for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species? This meeting shone a light on these questions, exploring the past and the likely future roles of climate-change vulnerability assessments, and highlighted ongoing research and future directions in this field.

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James Pearce-Higgins, British Trust for Ornithology
Impacts of climate change on birds

Jamie Carr, Climate Change Programme Officer, IUCN Global Species Programme
Assessing species vulnerability to climate change: how and why?

Monika Böhm, ZSL
The IUCN Red List and species extinction risk assessments

Richard, Pearson, UCL
How to identify species at risk of extinction due to climate change

Chaired by Paul Pearce Kelly, ZSL



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