The Importance of Biodiversity Loss

1087 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 4 Pages
Greater biological diversity promotes economic and social welfare, and improves the likelihood that future generations will survive and succeed.

Our planet contains a wide variety of plants, animals, and microorganisms that have learned to survive and flourish in a number of different habitats, from the wet jungles of the Amazon to the dry heat of the Mojave Desert to the icy cold tundra of Antarctica. Every species has a role to play in their respective environments. A balanced ecosystem ensures that no organism wipes out any other organism, and a diverse ecosystem ensures that catastrophic events, such as a plague or a change in the weather, will not extinguish an entire specie or destroy an entire habitat.

Only recently has humanity come to appreciate the role biodiversity plays in nature. Ironically, the threat to biodiversity has never been greater than it is today. The actions of humans have led to desertification, global warming, and deforestation, all of which destroy habitats and eradicates species.

Biodiversity loss is not a recent phenomenon. The extinction of the dinosaurs, possibly as a result of climate change, is one historical example of biodiversity loss. Humans have also hunted, fished, or displaced numerous plants and animals into extinction. However, in the past century, the…
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