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Science Advances Special Collection—Transformations in Climate and Biodiversity

Each year since 1995, participants in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet as a Conference of the Parties (COP) to determine how best to address the rapid changes currently occurring across our global climate. This Special Collection on Transformations in Climate and Biodiversity has been timed to coincide with the COP25 meeting to be held in Spain this year. The Collection presents comprehensive review articles and original research by leading authorities from a broad spectrum of scientific domains and documents advances in the scientific underpinnings of interactions between biodiversity and climate. As a whole, these studies deepen our understanding of current bioclimatic changes and provide guidance on how best to navigate through the rapid alterations we are seeing today. The evidence compiled here suggests that the negative impacts of climate change can be kept under control if we collectively act and, critically, use biodiversity as part of the solutions we invent. Together these research studies demonstrate how linking the management of biodiversity and climate might enable us to keep ongoing transformations in climate and biodiversity within safe operating boundaries.

Navigating transformation of biodiversity and climate

Pablo Marquet et al.

Editorial | Science Advances | 27-Nov-2019 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aba0969


Unprecedented climate events: Historical changes, aspirational targets, and national commitments

Noah Diffenbaugh, Deepti Singh, & Justin Mankin 

Research Article | Science Advances | 14-Feb-2018 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao3354


Water scaling of ecosystem carbon cycle feedback to climate warming

Quan Quan et al.

Research Article | Science Advances | 21-Aug-2018 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav1131


Climate warming drives local extinction: Evidence from observation and experimentation

Anne Marie Panetta, Maureen Stanton &  John Harte

Research Article | Science Advances | 21-Feb-2018 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaq1819


Mutualistic interactions reshuffle the effects of climate change on plants across the tree of life

Jordi Bascompte et al.

Research Article | Science Advances | 15-May-2018 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav2539


Benefits of the Paris Agreement to ocean life, economies, and people

U. Rashid Sumaila et al.

Research Article | Science Advances | 27-Feb-2019 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau3855


Natural Climate Solutions for the United States

Joseph Fargione et al.

Research Article | Science Advances | 14-Nov-2019 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat1869


A Global Deal For Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets

E. Dinerstein et al.

Review | Science Advances | 19-May-2019 | DOI:  10.1126/sciadv.aaw2869


Climate change effects on plant-soil feedbacks and consequences for biodiversity and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems

Francisco Pugnaire et al.

Review | Science Advances | 27-Nov-2019 | DOI:  10.1126/sciadv.aaz1834


The commonness of rarity: Global and future distribution of rarity across land plants

Brian Enquist et al.

Research Article | Science Advances | 27-Nov-2019 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaz0414


Integrating climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation in the global ocean

Derek Tittensor et al.

Research Article | Science Advances | 27-Nov-2019 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aay9969


Antarctic environmental change and biological responses

Peter Convey & Lloyd Peck

Review | Science Advances | 27-Nov-2019 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaz0888


Climate change impacts New Guinea’s biocultural heritage

R. Cámara-Leret et al.

Research Article | Science Advances | 27-Nov-2019 | DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaz1455

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