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1144: Biodiversity and climate change in the UK

This paper is taken from the section dealing with terrestrial and freshwater systems in the report ‘Biodiversity and climate change in the UK’ produced by the Inter-agency Climate Change Forum The report also covers marine and coastal ecosystems.

Year of Publication2010

There is a wide range of observed climate change impacts on UK biodiversity including changes in distribution and abundance, the timing of seasonal events and habitat use and, as a consequence, there are likely to be changes in the composition of plant and animal communities. Future impacts are likely to be far greater than those seen so far. Diverse biological communities are more likely to adapt and be more able to remain in a given area. How these processes work is poorly understood.

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