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It is short for biological diversity and may refer to all the different kinds of life you'll find in one area—the variety of animals, plants, fungi, and even microorganisms like bacteria that make up our natural world. These species and organisms work together in ecosystems, like an intricate web, to maintain balance and support life.

Why is biodiversity so important?[edit | edit source]

Biodiversity is essential for the processes that support all life on Earth, including humans. Without a wide range of animals, plants, and microorganisms, we cannot have the healthy ecosystems that we rely on to provide us with the air we breathe and the food we eat. People also value nature of itself. Biodiversity is usually explored at three levels - genetic diversity, species diversity, and ecosystem diversity. These three levels work together to create the complexity of life on Earth.

The causes of biodiversity loss are complicated, and the humans are making the problems worse. Humans are increasingly disrupting the biodiversity's balance. Among the top drivers of biodiversity loss are land use change, exploitation of wildlife (through fishing, logging and hunting), pollution and our influence on climate.

The best way to conserve biodiversity is to save habitats and ecosystems rather than trying to save a single species.

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Created February 12, 2016 by Felicity
Modified October 27, 2023 by Irene Delgado
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