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Diversity, Volume 12, Issue 7 (July 2020) – 25 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Climate change poses a great challenge for biodiversity conservation and alters biodiversity [...] Read more. Climate change poses a great challenge for biodiversity conservation and alters biodiversity patterns at all scales. The Mediterranean Basin, a global biodiversity hotspot and a hotspot of vulnerable species, is expected to experience large changes in climate, with these more prominent changes in its islands and mountain summits. We assessed climate change’s impacts on the biodiversity patterns of Crete, the hottest endemic plant diversity Mediterranean hotspot. We found that the high altitude areas of Cretan mountains constitute biodiversity hotspots and areas of high conservation and evolutionary value. Due to the “escalator to extinction” phenomenon, these areas are projected to become diversity “death-zones” and should, thus, be prioritized. View this paper