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Biodiversity

An ecosystem, when undisturbed, tends to have a great variety of species forming a complex web of interactions. The range of natural variety of species and ecosystems, and the measure of variability of genes within the species in a particular habitat is called biological diversity, or biodiversity.


Biodiversity Articles

Biodiversity in Danger
Biodiversity is in peril. One of the major factors causing the augmenting biodiversity loss is related to habitat loss from anthropogenic pressure.

Date: 1 Mar 2011, Rating: 3.67

Can Biodiversity Persist In The Face Of Climate Change?
Predictions made over the last decade about the impacts of climate change on biodiversity may be exaggerated, according to a paper published in the journal Science.

Date: 19 Feb 2010, Rating: 4.00

Niche Differences In Biodiversity: Species' Differences Are Responsible For Their Coexistence
Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have found strong evidence that niche differences are critical to biodiversity. Their findings are published online in this week's issue of the journal Nature.

Date: 19 Feb 2010, Rating: 4.00

Why Fertilization Results In Loss Of Plant Biodiversity
When grasslands are fertilized their productivity is increased but their plant diversity is diminished. In the last 50 years levels of plant-available nitrogen and phosphorous have doubled worldwide.

Date: 19 Feb 2010, Rating: 4.00

New Keys To Keeping A Diverse Planet
Variation in plants and animals gives us a rich and robust assemblage of foods, medicines, industrial materials and recreation activities.

Date: 19 Feb 2010, Rating: 4.00

New Study Explores Patterns In Species Diversity And Genetic Diversity
As scientists, conservationists, and policy-makers wrestle with how to balance development with maintaining biodiversity, it's important to understand what controls patterns of biodiversity...

Date: 19 Feb 2010, Rating: 4.25

Some Biofuels Risk Biodiversity And Could End Up Harming Environment
Biofuels are widely considered one of the most promising sources of renewable energy by policy makers and environmentalists alike.

Date: 19 Feb 2010, Rating: not rated

Is Biofuel Policy Harming European Biodiversity?
Current estimates state that transport is responsible for about 25% of the energy-related greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Date: 19 Feb 2010, Rating: not rated

100 Questions To Conserve Global Biodiversity
Conservation experts from 24 world-leading organisations including the WWF, Conservation International and Birdlife International have identified one hundred key scientific questions that, if answered, would help conserve global biodiversity.

Date: 19 Feb 2010, Rating: 1.00

Small Number Of Partnerships Make Substantial Contribution To Biodiversity
For years, international policy on the environment and biodiversity has not just been the concern of governments.

Date: 19 Feb 2010, Rating: not rated

Cross-Border Conservation Efforts Can Yield Better Results at Less Cost
Coordination of conservation efforts across national boundaries could achieve significantly higher results and at less cost than conservation actions planned within individual states, researchers have found.

Date: 19 Feb 2010, Rating: not rated

Biodiversity and development challenges in Africa
The imperative to improve human well-being can place multiple and often competing demands on ecosystems.

Date: 9 Oct 2008, Rating: 2.83, 8 pages

Eastern Africa and biodiversity
Eastern Africa’s biological diversity reflects its position astride the equator and the high variability of landscapes and aquatic ecosystems.

Date: 9 Oct 2008, Rating: 5.00, 6 pages

Human impacts on the biodiversity of the Arctic
The projected climatic changes in the Arctic, particularly the projected decrease in sea-ice extent and thickness, will result in increased accessibility to the open ocean and surrounding coastal areas.

Date: 9 Oct 2008, Rating: 3.92, 7 pages

Monumental Debt-for-Nature Swap Provides $20 Million To Protect Biodiversity In Madagascar
The largest debt-for-nature swap agreement in Madagascar’s history was just signed between the Government of Madagascar and the Government of France, allocating roughly $20 million (13 million Euros) to preserve Madagascar’s rich biodiversity

Date: 7 Oct 2008, Rating: 5.00

Biofuels And Biodiversity Don't Mix, Ecologists Warn
Rising demand for palm oil will decimate biodiversity unless producers and politicians can work together to preserve as much remaining natural forest as possible

Date: 7 Oct 2008, Rating: 4.00

Biodiversity Loss Puts People At Risk: World Wildlife Fund
Future generations face hunger, thirst, disease and disaster if we carry on losing biodiversity.

Date: 7 Oct 2008, Rating: 2.00

Oil Palm Research In Context: Identifying The Need For Biodiversity Assessment
Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) cultivation has expanded dramatically in recent decades and is frequently cited as a major threat to tropical biodiversity.

Date: 7 Oct 2008, Rating: not rated

Making Protected Areas Pay Biodiversity Dividends
With human activity pushing more and more species to the brink of extinction

Date: 7 Oct 2008, Rating: 5.00

Biodiversity: It's In The Water
New research challenges current thinking about biodiversity and opens up new avenues for predicting how climate change or human activity may affect biodiversity patterns.

Date: 7 Oct 2008, Rating: 4.50