Of the abiotic changes associated with the current phase of warming occurring on Earth, the loss of sea ice, snow cover, and glaciers are among the most apparent, rapid, and potentially ecologically devastating. These physical effects make polar regions the most likely places to experience first extinctions due to climate change. Have extinctions already been recorded in high latitude species, or do population trends suggest that extinctions are imminent? This chapter answers these questions.
|Title of host publication
|Saving a Million Species
|Subtitle of host publication
|Extinction Risk from Climate Change
|Island Press-Center for Resource Economics
|Number of pages
|Published - Oct 1 2013