PLOS Research and Blog Series Help Refocus The Climate Change Conversation on Science

Ecology Collection imagePLOS is pleased to announce  the upcoming release of “The Ecological Impact of Climate Change,” a curated collection of 16 research articles, accompanied by a related series of blog posts on our PLOS BLOGS Network, titled “The Science of Extinction and Survival, A PLOS BLOGS Conversation on Climate Change,” occurring over a two-week period, July 29-August 9, 2013.

At a time of the year when media outlets are typically saturated with news of heat waves and other extreme weather, with little discussion of the underlying research, this integrated release of PLOS climate change content from multiple publication centers reflects the organization’s commitment to provide thought leadership on the science of climate change for a broad audience of current and new readers.

On August 5, in conjunction with its participation in the Ecological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Aug 4-9), PLOS will be launching its Ecological Impact of Climate Change Collection. These 16 recent climate change research articles, previously published in PLOS ONE and PLOS Biology, are accompanied by an introduction by forest ecologist and carbon cycling scientist, PLOS ONE Academic Editor and collection curator Dr. Ben Bond-Lamberty.

The Collection (http://www.ploscollections.org/ecoclimatechange) (Link will be live on August 5) emphasizes not only the multi-faceted impacts of climate change on ecological and human systems, but also the breadth and depth of research on these subjects being reported in PLOS journals. Various articles in this collection demonstrate which species are most and least vulnerable to a warming planet, along with scientific evidence showing the effects of shifting temperatures and habitats on the abilities of different species – including plants, birds, amphibians, insects, humans — to adapt to these changes.

Beginning the week of July 29 PLOS will introduce two weeks of blog coverage by 10 regular and guest PLOS bloggers, both scientists who blog and leading science journalists, writing explanatory science. These bloggers will offer diverse interpretations of recent scientific research on climate change, including several studies in the PLOS Ecological Impacts of Climate Change Collection. Blog posts will cover topics such as climate modeling, the impact of climate change on both infectious and non-communicable diseases, changing habitats and species, the challenges confronting science writers covering climate change, and the politicization of climate scientists and science students.

To broaden the reach of this special climate change PLOS content, various blog posts from this series will be simultaneously posted on DiscoverMagazine.com,  Huffington Post/Science and on the U.K. news site of The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/political-science).

Today’s posts featured on the PLOS BLOGS Network are the first of ten blogs that will be published in the next two weeks.  Please take a moment to read the content, share with others and join the conversation via comments.

Image Credit (Clockwise from top): William Warby. Flickr.com. Thomas Vignaud. PLOS Biology. 2011. 9(4). Colombi et al. PLOS ONE. 2013. Soto-Azat et al. PLOS ONE. 2013.

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