Conserving biodiverse ‘slow lanes’ in a rapidly changing world

The notion of conserving climate change refugia — areas relatively buffered from current climate change that shelter valued wildlife, ecosystems, and other natural resources — is only about 10 years old, but the field has matured enough that a leading journal has prepared a special issue on the topic that offers a first ‘look back at how far we’ve come and a view forward to the work that is still needed,’ says editor Toni Lyn Morelli, a research ecologist at UMass Amherst.