Loss Of Earth Biodiversity Causing Concern

Loss Of Earth Biodiversity Causing Concern

Loss Of Earth Biodiversity Causing Concern

Toronto (The Camping Canuck) – The loss of biodiversity is causing great concern to scientists. According to a study done in 2010, our planet is losing anywhere from 150 to 200 species of plants, insects and birds in a day. Once these animals or plants are gone, they can’t be brought back. This extinction rate is believed to be over a thousand times the normal rate.

Some scientists believe that we are putting our own species in peril as a result of this accelerated extinction rate that is now occurring. Another study found that more than 50% of the earth’s land surface is now lacking sufficient biodiversity.

So what is driving the lack of biodiversity and the accelerated extinction? Humans are building on land that used to be host to a number of diverse species of plants and animals. Agriculture and roads are further diminishing biodiversity. These developments also weaken existing ecosystems by making them less resistant to change.

A lack of biodiversity can lead to problems in agriculture. Many crops that we depend on for food require pollination by insects such as bees and butterflies. If these animals are wiped out our food systems can collapse. This could devastate entire populations. Other concerns from a declining biodiversity include water quality, waste decomposition and carbon storage.



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