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Land, Volume 7, Issue 3 (September 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Tropical deforestation is a familiar battle for conservationists; however, habitat loss from [...] Read more. Tropical deforestation is a familiar battle for conservationists; however, habitat loss from climate change presents an additional challenge. We analyzed the combination of these two risks to biodiversity in the humid tropical forest biome using future climate metrics and deforestation projections. We found forests were exposed to different combinations of threats, which should be considered when designing conservation measures. For example, forests exposed to the highest combined threats should be prioritized for investments that reduce deforestation and increase climate resiliency. Forests exposed to low deforestation risk but high climate risk should be prioritized for increasing protected area size and connectivity to enable species migration. Considering the climate change and deforestation threats to biodiversity may help conservationists to devise more effective conservation measures. View this paper.