5 major threats to biodiversity, and how we can help curb them

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The fewer animals we have, the fewer humans we will have

That’s why biodiversity is important. The wide variety of species on Earth, whether they’re plants, animals or microscopic organisms, are vital to keep the world’s many ecosystems healthy, balanced and thriving — growing plants we can eat, trees we can shade under, and landscapes to use for everything from vacations to computer screensavers

In other words, biodiversity ensures natural sustainability for all life on the planet — think more abundant crops and fresher air, for example. More than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity, while more than 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods. The loss of biodiversity affects the lives of more than 1 billion people living in drylands. Read more…

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