The endless assortment of life on the planet beckons to be awed at.
The sheer scope of it is completely unimaginable when you really think about it. So, who actually started counting species, and how is it even possible to keep track? Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, actually began creating the process in 1758 that is used to name revealed species.
To date, researchers assess that there are anywhere from 3 to 100 million species on earth with United Nations Environment Programme research pinning the number at 8.7 million, with a give or take factor of approximately 1.3 million. Their findings also calculate that that 91% of ocean life alone has not even been found yet.
The notion that we haven’t even found all of the species that exist on the planet is captivating, but the fact that many of the ones that we have found have been harmed or destroyed by human imposed threats is sobering.
Expected threats to biodiversity exist, such as normally occurring climate changes and natural disasters. However, the most recent and devastating causes of harming the biosphere are from human impacts like air and water pollution, global warming, over-use of non-renewable resources and upsetting and destroying habitats.
Being stably diverse is vital to supporting life, as well as for equally benefiting large and small scale ecosystem operations. The interdependence dynamic is a reality that conceitedly, human subjective gains have gotten very far away from at times, as evident when looking at issues like environmental concerns.
Ecosystem perseverance, including natural and biological resources, is a key topic for current issues affecting everything from education to medicine, to our food supply and crop varieties. The protection of it is imperative for the sustainability of all life systems, as a healthy system is more apt to sustain itself.
If the wellbeing of one species is in trouble, it in turn affects another, therefore creating a vastly inclusive domino effect. Harming one thing in the environment, or any aspect of it, also harms the potential for it to accommodate nature’s intention. When something happens to a species, something may also happen to its potential in the ecosystem, for instance, its use for medical advances or food supply benefits. Many prescription medications alone are derived from natural resources, and this number is actually higher in still developing nations that are even more reliable on natural medicines.
Discovering new and protecting already uncovered types of plant and wildlife helps the natural assembly, which is essential for perseverance. Science and society are becoming increasingly cognizant of this.
Determination can be seen on the research front with organizations like Bioversity International, Conservation International and others, who aim to enlist ways to increase sustainable agriculture and conservation. Projects like these educate and provide resources to indigenous people, assisting with the production of viable economies by connecting ecologically friendly ways of life and agriculture.
Advances like these, along with efforts like reintegrating animals into their natural environments, habitat defense and pollution control are in force. However, there is a continual need for more educational resources and increased local endeavors in communities worldwide, such as heightened efforts to incorporate ecological means into safe and maintainable water, food and medical supplies.
Though it is great that the biodiversity factor is at the basis of current global discussion, what is not so great is the fact that we have created the need for it to be.
What if there wasn’t such a current need for research and action in this arena, if it had been ever practiced the way nature intended with natural control and developments, instead of human interventions and toxic introductions?
Nonetheless, the need for safeguarding and biodiversity research exists. Hopefully, the global collaborative this will entail will exist as well.
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