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The work is also creating a historical record of Earth’s fleeting biodiversity.
Some scientists also worry that policies promoting wood fuels could unleash a global logging boom that trashes forest biodiversity in the name of climate protection.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is heralded for its biodiversity: The colorful clusters of coral and wisps of islands stretch 1,400 miles, home to white and orange clown fish, the blacktip shark, humpback whales and hundreds of other species.
And that’s a big step in preserving the world’s biodiversity, as well, according to the four reports released last week.
Of the funds earmarked for this project, $159,000 was awarded to Conservation X Labs, a start-up in Washington, D.C., created around the idea that technology can offer solutions to urgent conservation and biodiversity problems.
Some had ambition, such as attempts to sample vertebrate, insect and arachnid biodiversity by looking at representatives of several thousand genera, but were advancing only slowly.
Much of Colombia's biodiversity is also unexplored.
In 1973, shortly after the first Earth Day, with the American public increasingly aware of the importance of biodiversity, the Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon.
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Did You Know?
Biodiversity may become the rallying call for the next decade, wrote David Wake in the journal Science in 1989. Indeed, biodiversity is a word you're likely to encounter in writing about ecology and the environment today. But when Wake used it, "biodiversity" was still a relatively new addition to the English language, having first appeared in writing in the mid-1980s. Of course, the roots of biodiversity are much older. It evolved from a commingling of the descendants of the Greek noun bios, which means "mode of life," and the Latin verb divertere, which means "to turn aside" or "to go different ways."
BIODIVERSITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of biodiversity for English Language Learners
: the existence of many different kinds of plants and animals in an environment
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