Fire and biodiversity in the Anthropocene

Kelly, Luke T, Giljohann, Katherine M, Duane, Andrea, Aquilue, Nuria, Archibald, Sally, Batllori, Enric, Bennett, Andrew F, Buckland, Stephen T, Canelles, Quim, Clarke, Michael F
et al (show 17 more authors) (2020) Fire and biodiversity in the Anthropocene. SCIENCE, 370 (6519). 929-+.

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Fire has been a source of global biodiversity for millions of years. However, interactions with anthropogenic drivers such as climate change, land use, and invasive species are changing the nature of fire activity and its impacts. We review how such changes are threatening species with extinction and transforming terrestrial ecosystems. Conservation of Earth's biological diversity will be achieved only by recognizing and responding to the critical role of fire. In the Anthropocene, this requires that conservation planning explicitly includes the combined effects of human activities and fire regimes. Improved forecasts for biodiversity must also integrate the connections among people, fire, and ecosystems. Such integration provides an opportunity for new actions that could revolutionize how society sustains biodiversity in a time of changing fire activity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animals, Humans, Biodiversity, Forecasting, Human Activities, Extinction, Biological, Endangered Species, Climate Change, Wildfires
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 09:07
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:19
DOI: 10.1126/science.abb0355
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