A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2012

William J. Sutherland, Ros Aveling, Leon Bennun, Eleanor Chapman, Mick Clout, Isabelle M. Côté, Michael H. Depledge, Lynn V. Dicks, Andrew P. Dobson, Liz Fellman, Erica Fleishman, David W. Gibbons, Brandon Keim, Fiona Lickorish, David B. Lindenmayer, Kathryn A. Monk, Kenneth Norris, Lloyd S. Peck, Stephanie V. Prior, Jörn P.W. ScharlemannMark Spalding, Andrew R. Watkinson

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Our aim in conducting annual horizon scans is to identify issues that, although currently receiving little attention, may be of increasing importance to the conservation of biological diversity in the future. The 15 issues presented here were identified by a diverse team of 22 experts in horizon scanning, and conservation science and its application. Methods for identifying and refining issues were the same as in two previous annual scans and are widely transferable to other disciplines. The issues highlight potential changes in climate, technology and human behaviour. Examples include warming of the deep sea, increased cultivation of perennial grains, burning of Arctic tundra, and the development of nuclear batteries and hydrokinetic in-stream turbines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-18
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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