As sea levels rise, human displacement and subsequent land-use change may be as ecologically significant as the direct impacts of climate change. New work suggesting that mean sea level will rise further and faster than previously thought calls attention to the importance of these indirect processes for ecology and conservation.
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Chown, S.L., Duffy, G.A. The veiled ecological danger of rising sea levels. Nat Ecol Evol 1, 1219–1221 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0267-7
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