Biodiversity conservation: Uncertainty in predictions of extinction risk/Effects of changes in climate and land use/Climate change and extinction risk (reply)

@article{Thomas2004BiodiversityCU,
  title={Biodiversity conservation: Uncertainty in predictions of extinction risk/Effects of changes in climate and land use/Climate change and extinction risk (reply)},
  author={Chris D. Thomas and Stephen E Williams and Alison Cameron and Rhys E. Green and Michel Bakkenes and Linda J. Beaumont and Yvonne C. Collingham and Barend F. N. Erasmus and Marinez Ferreira de Siqueira and Alan Grainger and Lee Hannah and Lesley Hughes and Brian Huntley and Albert S. van Jaarsveld and Guy F. Midgley and Lera Miles and Miguel A Ortega-Huerta and A. Townsend Peterson and Oliver L. Phillips},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2004},
  volume={430},
  pages={-}
}
Thomas et al. reply — We reconsider our estimates of climate-related extinction in the light of three questions raised by Thuiller et al., Buckley and Roughgarden and Harte et al.. We are able to confirm our original conclusion that climate change represents a major threat to terrestrial species. 

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