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The planet's biodiversity is under threat and the main culprit is the one who, paradoxically, depend on it most: human being. Below, we review the causes, consequences and possible solutions. Slowing down biodiversity loss, understood as the reduction or disappearance of the variety of living beings that inhabit the planet, is one of humanity's great challenges.
Biodiversity change is caused by a range of drivers. A driver is any natural or human-induced factor that directly or indirectly causes a change in an ecosystem. A direct driver unequivocally influences ecosystem processes. An indirect driver operates more diffusely, by altering one or more direct drivers. Important direct drivers affecting biodiversity are habitat change , climate change , invasive species , overexploitation, and pollution CF4 , C3, C4.
Biodiversity loss includes the extinction of species plant or animal worldwide, as well as the local reduction or loss of species in a certain habitat , resulting in a loss of biological diversity. Global extinction has so far been proven to be irreversible. Even though permanent global species loss is a more dramatic and tragic phenomenon than regional changes in species composition , even minor changes from a healthy stable state can have dramatic influence on the food web and the food chain insofar as reductions in only one species can adversely affect the entire chain coextinction , leading to an overall reduction in biodiversity , possible alternative stable states of an ecosystem notwithstanding. Ecological effects of biodiversity are usually counteracted by its loss. Reduced biodiversity in particular leads to reduced ecosystem services and eventually poses an immediate danger for food security , also for humankind. You know, when we first set up WWF, our objective was to save endangered species from extinction.
Habitat Loss and Fragmentation 2. Over-exploitation for Commercialization 3. Invasive Species 4. Pollution 5. Global Climate Change 6.
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Biodiversity can be defined as the variability and variety of life on our planet. This includes the variety in ecosystems, species and genetics. The level of Biodiversity usually increases with the temperature, meaning that it is higher in warm climate zones near the equator.
News, analysis, experiments, videos, games, and educational paths on the issues of energy and the environment for complete and topical information. The threats to biodiversity can be summarized in the following main points: Alteration and loss of the habitats : the transformation of the natural areas determines not only the loss of the vegetable species, but also a decrease in the animal species associated to them. Overexploitation of resources : when the activities connected with capturing and harvesting hunting, fishing, farming a renewable natural resource in a particular area is excessively intense, the resource itself may become exhausted, as for example, is the case of sardines, herrings, cod, tuna and many other species that man captures without leaving enough time for the organisms to reproduce. To inform younger students about Energy and Environment, Science, Chemistry, English culture and English language, with accompanying images, interviews and videos. CLIL will no longer be a secret with"clil in action"!
Land use change is the foremost direct cause of biodiversity loss with the largest relative global impact. Three-quarters of the land-based environment has been significantly altered by human actions. The average abundance of native species in most major land-based habitats has fallen by at least 20 per cent, mostly since As habitat loss is the primary driver of species extinction around the world, conserving, restoring and sustainably managing habitats and ecosystems is recognized as the most effective way to protect existing target species. Area-based targets are extremely effective in focusing the attention of policy- and decision-makers on discrete, time-bound objectives that are well understood, actionable and easily incorporated into planning processes at various levels.
Estimates of species loss are, without a doubt, staggering. Others have estimated that as many as , species are lost each year. But, extinctions—even mass extinction events—are not new. Though the current trend is caused, undeniably, by human action—through poaching, habitat destruction, pollution, and anthropogenic climate change, among others—mass reductions in biodiversity can and have occurred without human interference. The question then, is what does humanity lose when global biodiversity is significantly reduced? Simply: a lot.
Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. This article introduces the new Biodiversity Research Centre at UBC and reviews the nature and importance of biodiversity research in a changing world with rapidly expanding human population. Results from the Kluane Forest Boreal Forest Ecosystem Project have shown that nutrient availability is the main determinant of vegetation abundance rather than herbivory. However, with increasing nutrients and vegetation abundance there was a correlated loss of species diversity. Save to Library. Create Alert.
Each human in us consumes 3 pints of milk a. Now examine the food web after humans became part of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem through fishing. How does it enter the soil? All of these productive areas are in danger from human activity. Human activities impact ecosystems. Environmental science worksheets for children in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Grades.
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