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Highlights ► Quantifying the magnitude of human-induced biodiversity loss is a critical yet daunting challenge. ► The use of species-area relationships as the sole method for estimating biodiversity is problematic. ► Simple species numeration masks differences in community composition and...
Highlights ► We highlight methods for conservation scientists to engage society. ► An understanding of human belief systems helps communicate science. ► We need to be proactive and provocative in increasing environmental literacy. ► Understanding audience bias can lead to more effective...
Highlights ► The land sparing vs sharing dichotomy fails to account for real-world complexity. ► Small-, but not large-scale farming is the backbone of food security for the poor. ► Reducing food usage by waste, biofuels and livestock improves food security. ► Intensification with...
Highlights ► We identify policies to improve forest conservation in Papua New Guinea (PNG). ► PNG should reduce its annual timber harvests and curtail raw-log exports. ► It should allow traditional communities to sue corporations for environmental damage. ► PNG should expand and better...
Highlights ► Tropical conservationists have not seen climate change as the most immediate threat. ► Uncertainties in future climates and their consequences are higher in the tropics. ► Enough is known, however, to suggest that the impacts could be severe.
Highlights ► We project oilseed demands and expansion under three alternative consumption trends. ► Business-as-usual consumption rates could exacerbate tropical deforestation and biodiversity loss. ► Changes in consumer behavior could alleviate environmental impacts in the developing tropics.
Highlights ► Tropical biodiversity monitoring programs are essential for understanding and mitigating the effects of global change on ecosystems and ecosystem services. ► Birds are the best-known major group, excellent environmental indicators, easy to monitor, and receive widespread...
Highlights ► Conservation challenges in southern Asia in the 21st century are enormous. ► Historical threats like habitat loss are being compounded by affluence growth. ► A BAU fossil-fuel-intensive economic route will lead to further major damages. ► Energy innovation a major route to...
Highlights ► Detecting logging impacts is more challenging than often appreciated. ► Logging studies may confound environmental differences between cut and uncut areas. ► Human perceptions of logging can be biased by ‘shifting baseline’ phenomenon. ► The perception that logging...
Highlights ► Certification schemes offer sustainable agricultural products from the tropics. ► High Conservation Value concept provides insufficient protection to biodiversity. ► We discuss six critical areas for future research, which will benefit biodiversity. ► National-level...
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