Nature Climate Change – Current Issue

  • Niche syndromes reveal climate-driven extinction threat to island endemic conifers
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    Nature Climate Change, Published online: 15 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0530-9Island species are at risk as the climate changes. Island conifers are used as a model species and a combination of native and non-native occurrence data allows identification of realized, tolerable and fundamental niches; linking to island size provides an estimate of… Read more »
  • Global loss of climate connectivity in tropical forests
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    Nature Climate Change, Published online: 08 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0529-2Physically connected habitats are required for terrestrial species to shift their liveable ranges as the tropics warm. The authors show that over half of tropical forest area is currently unable to provide such climate connectivity, and that loss of connectivity is accelerating… Read more »
  • Fish die-offs are concurrent with thermal extremes in north temperate lakes
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    Nature Climate Change, Published online: 08 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0520-yMass summertime fish die-offs across 359 Wisconsin lakes are attributed to high lake temperatures during periods of extreme heat, while infectious disease and winter conditions are shown to be poor predictors. Die-offs are projected to double by 2050 and quadruple by 2100 in… Read more »
  • Persecuting, protecting or ignoring biodiversity under climate change
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    Nature Climate Change, Published online: 08 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0526-5This Perspective describes persecution, protection and ignorance archetypes for managing and monitoring species redistribution under climate change, and argues for global shared governance agreements to cope with species shifts into new geopolitical areas. Read more »
  • Management for network diversity speeds evolutionary adaptation to climate change
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    Nature Climate Change, Published online: 01 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0518-5This study uses spatially explicit simulations of a simple coral reef ecosystem to show that evolutionary responses to shifting environmental conditions fundamentally change effective conservation management strategies. Read more »
  • Arctic greening and bird nest predation risk across tundra ecotones
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    Nature Climate Change, Published online: 01 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0514-9Bird numbers are declining globally, with sharp decreases in alpine and Arctic regions. Increases in primary productivity in the Arctic (known as greening) are linked to increased nest predation, highlighting how changing climate conditions can affect food web dynamics. Read more »
  • A simple model predicts how warming simplifies wild food webs
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    Nature Climate Change, Published online: 01 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0513-xObservations of feeding interactions show that warming simplifies the structure of food webs in stream ecosystems. Simulations show that consumer diversity and changes in abundance drive this simplification and can reduce ecosystem stability. Read more »
  • Widespread increase of boreal summer dry season length over the Congo rainforest
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    Nature Climate Change, Published online: 01 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0512-yThe length of the dry season over tropical forests is a determining factor of ecosystem health and drought risk. Hydroclimate and vegetation data show that dry season length has increased over the Congo rainforest since the 1980s, owing to both an earlier… Read more »