Cardinale, BJ and Duffy, JE and Gonzalez, A and Hooper, DU and Perrings, C and Venail, P and Narwani, A and Mace, GM and Tilman, D and Wardle, DA and Kinzig, AP and Daily, GC and Loreau, M and Grace, JB and Larigauderie, A and Srivastava, DS and Naeem, S (2012) Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity. Nature , 486 (7401) 59 - 67. 10.1038/nature11148.
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The most unique feature of Earth is the existence of life, and the most extraordinary feature of life is its diversity. Approximately 9 million types of plants, animals, protists and fungi inhabit the Earth. So, too, do 7 billion people. Two decades ago, at the first Earth Summit, the vast majority of the world's nations declared that human actions were dismantling the Earth's ecosystems, eliminating genes, species and biological traits at an alarming rate. This observation led to the question of how such loss of biological diversity will alter the functioning of ecosystems and their ability to provide society with the goods and services needed to prosper.
|Title:||Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity.|
|Keywords:||Animals, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Consensus, Ecology, Extinction, Biological, Human Activities, Humans|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of) > Genetics, Evolution and Environment|
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