View Full Version : Experts say that fears surrounding climate change are overblown

Richard Amiel McGough
11-07-2009, 06:46 PM
Bout time the press stated publishing some real ...


Alarming predictions that climate change will lead to the extinction of hundreds of species may be exaggerated, according to Oxford scientists. They say that many biodiversity forecasts have not taken into account the complexities of the landscape and frequently underestimate the ability of plants and animals to adapt to changes in their environment.
'The evidence of climate change-driven extinctions have really been overplayed,' said Professor Kathy Willis, a long-term ecologist at the University of Oxford and lead author of the article.

Professor Willis warned that alarmist reports were leading to ill-founded biodiversity policies in government and some major conservation groups. She said that climate change has become a 'buzz word' that is taking priority while, in practice, changes in human use of land have a greater impact on the survival of species. 'I’m certainly not a climate change denier, far from it, but we have to have sound policies for managing our ecosystems,' she said.