December 10, 2007

Conservative biology

In Novel climates, no-analog communities, and ecological surprises, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, John W. Williams and Stephen T. Jackson talk about the "risk" of novel climates and novel ecosystems appearing in the near future (they use the word "risk" 18 times in this context). Nowhere in the article do they explain why they expect those climates and ecosystems to be harmful. Apparently they, the journal and the typical reader of the journal all believe that any novelty is bad.

Update: more psycho-ecological details here.

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