Biodiversity and climate change in Australia

Michael Dunlop, Mark Howden, Lesley Hughes

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• Biodiversity conservation practitioners frequently regard climate change as distant, uncertain, largely intractable and of marginal impact compared to other stresses.
• Recent observations and modelling demonstrate that this is not the case: climate change is already having an impact, we are locked into further climate change that will lead to more extreme impacts on many if not all ecosystems in Australia.
• Climate change will interact with other stresses on biodiversity making it a high priority consideration for almost all policy and management concerned with biodiversity conservation.
• A three-fold approach is required to reduce the impact of climate change on biodiversity conservation: in the short-term, protect species that are particularly vulnerable; in the long-term, facilitate adaptation to future climates; and reduce the magnitude of climate change through mitigation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventIn Search Of Sustainability ( - Canberra
Duration: 14 Nov 200314 Nov 2003


ConferenceIn Search Of Sustainability (


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