August 13 2020Creator:
Hoban, Sean M.Type:
An eLetter response to the Science article: Rounsevell, M.D.A., Harfoot, M., Harrison, P.A., Newbold, T., Gregory, R.D. & Mace, G.M. "A biodiversity target based on species extinctions." Science
368, no. 6496 (2020) : 1193-1195.
The eLetter points out that a headline global biodiversity conservation target on species extinctions has numerous defects: a negative rather than positive outlook, inability to measure on realistic timeframes, inequity across countries, past historical failures, and neglect of other components of biodiversity (traits, genes, ecosystems, functions, services).