New Yorker: Are Environmentalists ‘Worrying Too Much About Climate Change?’

By: - Climate DepotAugust 11, 2016 8:57 AM

A new commentary in the journal Nature reveals that many species are threatened less by climate change than by overexploitation—human activities such as logging, fishing, and hunting.

Like other conservationists, Watson and Maxwell were already well aware that poaching and agriculture posed serious threats to many species. But even they were surprised by how dramatically the effects outstripped those of climate change. Much like the causes of human death, the current causes of species loss appear to be inversely proportional to the media attention—and, to some extent, the research and funding attention—they receive.