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Patches serve an important role in ecosystems around rivers and streams, providing fruit and cover for animals (deer, raccoons, squirrels, etc.), reducing erosion, and enhancing insect biodiversity.
President Clinton designated 52,000 acres as a national monument in 2000, citing the area’s unique biodiversity from being at the intersection of three mountain ranges: the Cascade, Siskiyou and Klamath.
Reports commissioned by Molly Scott Cato, the Green Party MEP for Southwest England, and others revolve around mixed farming, increasing biodiversity, and addressing big issues such as loss of topsoil and supporting farming communities.
Their goal is to better understand how biodiversity is affected by urbanization and globalization.
Global warming will also degrade Earth in plenty of hard-to-calculate ways, wrecking the gentle rhythm of the seasons and strangling the natural biodiversity of every stream and mountain.
These last pieces of old Alabama are one of the Earth's crown jewels of biodiversity.
Studies have found that removing it reduces biodiversity.
The result is a greater number of species in many regions—more local biodiversity—even if the global picture may be trending toward less.
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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."
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