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Climate Change and the Biodiversity Crisis

March 16, 2014

Watts Up With That?

by Dr. Craig Loehle, NCASI Naperville, IL

The climate change “biodiversity crisis” is like a whack-a-mole game (a carnival game where plastic animals pop out of holes and you try to whack them with a mallet), with an almost-daily claim popping up about this species or that at risk from climate change. Not just polar bears and coral reefs, but even avocados are going to disappear! Whacking each silly claim one by one is an impossible task, and the claims get into public consciousness whereas the refutations do not.

I like to unpack the assumptions in any study, and doing so in the case of claims made about biodiversity endangerment have led me to conclude that there are a few simple flaws common to most of these studies that entirely determine their outcomes:

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