Australia's biodiversity and climate change

Will Steffen, Andrew A. Burbidge, Lesley Hughes, Roger Kitching, David Lindenmayer, Warren Musgrave, Mark Stafford Smith, Patricia A. Werner

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This book provides a strategic assessment of the vulnerability of Australias biodiversity (primarily terrestrial) to climate change, and suggestions on the ways that policy and management can deal with these. It begins with a long-time perspective on the evolution of Australias biota why Australia is so species-rich, why our biodiversity is unique, and why the conservation of our biodiversity is so important. It goes on to describe the two centuries of acute change since European settlement the ultimate drivers of current change in Australias biodiversity and the observed changes in diversity at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCollingwood, Vic.
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
Number of pages236
ISBN (Print)9780643096059
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Biodiversity--Climatic factors--Australia
  • Biodiversity conservation--Australia
  • Climatic changes--Environmental aspects--Australia

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    Steffen, W., Burbidge, A. A., Hughes, L., Kitching, R., Lindenmayer, D., Musgrave, W., ... Werner, P. A. (2009). Australia's biodiversity and climate change. Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Publishing.