Experts say that fears surrounding climate change are overblownAgreed.
Alarming predictions that climate change will lead to the extinction of hundreds of species may be exaggerated, according to Oxford scientists.
They say that many biodiversity forecasts have not taken into account the complexities of the landscape and frequently underestimate the ability of plants and animals to adapt to changes in their environment.
"The evidence of climate change-driven extinctions have really been overplayed," said Professor Kathy Willis, a long-term ecologist at the University of Oxford and lead author of the article.
Professor Willis warned that alarmist reports were leading to ill-founded biodiversity policies in government and some major conservation groups. She said that climate change has become a "buzz word" that is taking priority while, in practice, changes in human use of land have a greater impact on the survival of species. "I’m certainly not a climate change denier, far from it, but we have to have sound policies for managing our ecosystems," she said.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature backed the article, saying that climate change is "far from the number-one threat" to the survival of most species. "There are so many other immediate threats that, by the time climate change really kicks in, many species will not exist any more," said Jean Christophe Vie, deputy head of the IUCN species program, which is responsible for compiling the international Redlist of endangered species.
(via Watts Up With That?)