Our aim in conducting annual horizon scans is to identify issues that, although currently receiving little attention, may be of increasing importance to the con- servation of biological diversity in the future. The 15 issues presented here were identified by a diverse team of 22 experts in horizon scanning, and conservation science and its application. The issues highlight potential changes in climate, technology and human behaviour. Examples include warming of the deep sea, increased cultivation of perennial grains, burning of Arctic tundra, and the development of nuclear batteries and hydrokinetic in-stream turbines.
Sutherland W.J. et al. (2012) Horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2012. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27: 12-18.