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Will biodiversity loss spell human extinction?

Posted May 20 2010 4:33pm

In short, yes, we are potentially doomed. The severity of this threat however, really depends on whether we halt destruction of biological diversity and how long it takes us to do so.

For those without a dictionary:

“Biodiversity is the variety of all living things; the different plants, animals and micro organisms, the genetic information they contain and the ecosystems they form. Biodiversity is usually explored at three levels – genetic diversity, species diversity and ecosystem diversity. These three levels work together to create the complexity of life on Earth.” – The Australian Museum

The UN has declared the 22nd of May International Day of Biological Diversity and 2010 the International year of biodiversity to highlight the crucial tipping point we face. Climate change is but one piece of the puzzle that needs to be addressed along with pollution, introduced species and habitat loss.

There has been plenty of press over the


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