By Ph.D. Lara J. Hansen, Jennifer Ruth Hoffman Ph.D.
Weather swap calls for a metamorphosis in how we envision, prioritize, and enforce conservation and administration of normal assets. Addressing threats posed via weather swap can't be easily an afterthought or an addendum, yet needs to be built-in into the very framework of ways we conceive of and behavior conservation and management. In weather Savvy, weather swap specialists Lara Hansen and Jennifer Hoffman provide 18 chapters that contemplate the results of weather swap for key source administration problems with our time—invasive species, corridors and connectivity, ecological recovery, pollutants, etc. How will recommendations have to switch to facilitate version to a brand new weather regime? What steps will we take to advertise resilience? Based on collaboration with a variety of scientists, conservation leaders, and practitioners, the authors current common principles in addition to sensible steps and methods that could aid take care of this new reality. While weather switch poses genuine threats, it additionally offers an opportunity for artistic new thinking. Climate Savvy offers a wide-ranging exploration of the way scientists, managers, and policymakers can use the problem of weather switch as a chance to construct a extra holistic and potent philosophy that embraces the inherent uncertainty and variability of the wildlife to paintings towards a better destiny.
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Identifying and filling key data gaps is important, but it does not in and of itself reduce the vulnerability of conservation to climate change. Documenting decline is not a solution. Chapter 3 Reconceiving Conservation and Resource Management There is no box. —Amory Lovins Climate change is not speculation: it is our present and our future. Integrating this reality into our thinking at all levels is a key element of effective, robust medium- and long-term planning. The climate commitment (Wetherald et al.
Kinetic Building the future into today’s planning and management means more than using a single projected future climate in our plans. We need to plan for ranges of possible futures and ranges of acceptable outcomes, because climate change brings increased climate variability and decreased certainty about what our future will look like. Just as the data used for the Colorado River Compact came from a period of particularly high flow, it was also a period of particularly stable flow. We are no longer managing for best-case scenarios: we need to employ the precautionary principle to prepare for worst-case scenarios under both feast and famine conditions.
1 MALADAPTATION Not all responses to climate change will reduce our vulnerability. Some suggested responses to climate change are not themselves robust to the effects of climate change, and others increase the vulnerability of species or ecosystems to change. For instance, hydroelectric, nuclear, and biomass production are all touted as climate change mitigation options because of their lower carbon intensity. Yet all are vulnerable to climate change. During the 2003 summer heat wave in Europe, many of France’s nuclear power plants had to be temporarily shut down because the combination of high air and water temperatures and limited access to water meant the plants could no longer be operated at safe temperatures.