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Societal attention toward extinction threats: a comparison between climate change and biological invasions

Jarić, Ivan, Bellard, Céline, Courchamp, Franck, Kalinkat, Gregor, Meinard, Yves, Roberts, David L., Correia, Ricardo A. (2020) Societal attention toward extinction threats: a comparison between climate change and biological invasions. Scientific Reports, 10 . E-ISSN 2045-2322. (doi:10.1038/s41598-020-67931-5) (KAR id:82017)

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Abstract

Public attention and interest in the fate of endangered species is a crucial prerequisite for effective conservation programs. Societal awareness and values will largely determine whether conservation initiatives receive necessary support and lead to adequate policy change. Using text data mining, we assessed general public attention in France, Germany and the United Kingdom toward climate change and biological invasions in relation to endangered amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal species. Our analysis revealed that public attention patterns differed among species groups and countries but was globally higher for climate change than for biological invasions. Both threats received better recognition in threatened than in non-threatened species, as well as in native species than in species from other countries and regions. We conclude that more efficient communication regarding the threat from biological invasions should be developed, and that conservation practitioners should take advantage of the existing attention toward climate change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1038/s41598-020-67931-5
Additional information: Article number 11085 (2020)
Uncontrolled keywords: Biodiversity; Climate change ecology; Conservation biology; Invasive species
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Management Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: David Roberts
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2020 19:29 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 08:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/82017 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Roberts, David L.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6788-2691
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