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NO PLACE TO HIDE: Effects of Climate Change on Protected Areas

Posted on
09 September 2003
For the past decade, WWF has identified the potential threats to biodiversity posed by climate change1.We have argued that protected areas offer a limited defence against problems posed by rapid environmental change and that protected areas will themselves need to be changed and adapted if they are to meet the challenges posed by global warming2. Recent research suggests that the types of environmental changes predicted in climatic models are now taking place. Studies of many animals and plants that show significant alterations in range or behaviour find that the most consistent explanation for these is climate change3. 
 Global warming is also linked to observed impacts such as coral bleaching4