edited by Lee Hannah
foreword by Thomas Lovejoy
Island Press, 2010
Paper: 978-1-59726-570-6 | Cloth: 978-1-59726-569-0 | eISBN: 978-1-61091-182-5
Library of Congress Classification QC902.9.S28 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 551.6


The research paper "Extinction Risk from Climate Change" published in the journal Nature in January 2004 created front-page headlines around the world. The notion that climate change could drive more than a million species to extinction captured both the popular imagination and the attention of policy-makers, and provoked an unprecedented round of scientific critique.
Saving a Million Species reconsiders the central question of that paper: How many species may perish as a result of climate change and associated threats? Leaders from a range of disciplines synthesize the literature, refine the original estimates, and elaborate the conservation and policy implications.
The book:

  • examines the initial extinction risk estimates of the original paper, subsequent critiques, and the media and policy impact of this unique study
  • presents evidence of extinctions from climate change from different time frames in the past
  • explores extinctions documented in the contemporary record
  • sets forth new risk estimates for future climate change
  • considers the conservation and policy implications of the estimates.

Saving a Million Species offers a clear explanation of the science behind the headline-grabbing estimates for conservationists, researchers, teachers, students, and policy-makers. It is a critical resource for helping those working to conserve biodiversity take on the rapidly advancing and evolving global stressor of climate change-the most important issue in conservation biology today, and the one for which we are least prepared.

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