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Surprising Changes Will Affect Biodiversity in 2019

Dec 28, 2018

By Mary Hoff and Kaitlyn Kubat

From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission.

More than two dozen futurists, environmental scientists and others from around the world recently put their heads together to do a “horizon scan”of emerging trends that are getting relatively little attention but have the potential to have substantial impact on biodiversity conservation in the future.

The research team, led by William Sutherland, professor of conservation biology at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, then narrowed the list down to 15 top trends poised to affect biodiversity for better or for worse in the months ahead.

“By increasing recognition of the issues described in this paper, we aim to encourage dialogue about their potential negative and positive impacts on conservation, in order to guide proactive solutions and harness future opportunities,” the researchers write.

This year’s report, the 10th annual, was published today in Trends in Ecology & Evolution. (Read previous trend summaries for 20162017 and 2018.)

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