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BIODIVERSITY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FUTURE

The unprecedented decline in world biodiversity, with extinction rates far in excess of the natural rate, propelled The United Nations to declare 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. The increased rate of species loss is the most visible part of what scientists term the biodiversity crisis.

The Mt Etna study shows what happens to biodiversity when climate change occurs too rapidly for species to adapt.

The most significant threats to species today are:

  • Loss of habitat
  • Climate change
  • Invasive species
  • Over-harvesting
  • Pollution

People are encouraged to safeguard our unique flora and fauna. We need to work together to reduce the above threats. This should prevent the decline in our biodiversity.

Some questions for you to consider are:

  1. What is biodiversity?
  2. Why is biodiversity important to us?
  3. Why is biodiversity decreasing in specific areas of your State?
  4. Why is biodiversity important to the economy, development, human health, and other ecosystems?
  5. How is biodiversity linked to the diversity of the world’s cultures?
  6. What can we do to reduce the loss of biodiversity?

Saving biodiversity requires an effort from everyone.

What will you do?