Paul Adam, 2012. "Climate Change - not an excuse for failing to address other threats", Wildlife and Climate Change: Towards robust conservation strategies for Australian fauna, Daniel Lunney, Hutchings Pat
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Climate change is an extremely important issue, and even if action to address it occurs now, environmental changes already in train have the potential to have considerable impacts on biodiversity. If action is delayed the inevitable impacts will be greater. However, while our politicians continue to prevaricate over addressing climate change other threats continue to cause loss and degradation of biodiversity. Unless there are continuing and increased measures to address these other threats, then by the time greenhouse mitigation measures start to have effect biodiversity will have been further reduced. Many of these threats, and indeed the greenhouse effect itself, are a consequence of too many people doing the wrong things in the wrong places. Unless there are serious attempts to address the population problem addressing other threats to biodiversity will be ultimately a futile, Sisyphean, task.