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Through a partnership with local nonprofit Urban Rivers, Shedd Aquarium is also enlisting kayakers to collect data that will help understand if increased habitat in the river can bolster biodiversity.
The great challenge will be to produce enough food for this tremendous surge in population while also protecting enough wilderness areas to maintain some measure of the planet’s fast-depleting biodiversity.
People can debate the merits of biodiversity as an end in and of itself and decide whether it can be sacrificed to maintain an adequate food supply for a growing human population.
This is something that will pay dividends for marine conservation, climate resilience, biodiversity creation and productive fisheries.
The internationally recognized government's President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi deployed the Yemeni Navy to assist in rescue and relief efforts on Socotra, which is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site for its biodiversity.
That means more space for plants, more biodiversity and better water retention, reducing the risk of flooding in the urban core.
Much of the world’s conflict happens in areas rich in biodiversity, and war makes conservation a complicated issue.
The dingo-free side of the fence is great for kangaroos, emus, and other dingo food—but this abundance comes at a cost, with much less biodiversity of small mammals, lizards, and grasses.
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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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