Climatic Change

, Volume 126, Issue 1–2, pp 7–11 | Cite as

Some extending thoughts on “thinking globally and siting locally—renewable energy and biodiversity in a rapidly warming world”

  • Gary YoheEmail author
Springboard Commentary
Allison et al. ( 2014) is a provocative piece that highlights (1) the risks for ecosystems as the climate changes and (2) the tradeoffs that must be considered (i.e., the specific risks for one particular ecosystem against another) in the broader context of the global implications of (3) climate change and policy responses. In their abstract, they state that (selectively quoted with my emphasis in italics):

Increasing greenhouse gas emissions are projected to raise global average surface temperatures by 3°–4 °C within this century, dramatically increasing the extinction risk for terrestrial and freshwater species and severely disrupting ecosystems across the globe. … Concerns about potential adverse impacts to species and ecosystems from the expansion of renewable energy development will play an important role in determining the pace and scale of emissions reductions and hence, the impact of climate change on global biodiversity. Efforts are underway to reduce uncertainty regarding...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wesleyan UniversityMiddletownUSA

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