Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity
- Department for International Development
- 1 January 2012
- Document Type:
- Journal Article
- Climate and Environment
- Gonzalez, A., Mace, G.M., Cardinale, B.J., Daily, G.C., Duffy, J.E. Grace, J.B., Hooper, D.U., Kinzig, A.P., Larigauderie, A., Loreau, M., Naeem, S., Narwani, A., Perrings, C., Srivastava, D.S., Tilman, D., Venail, P., and Wardle, D.A.
The most unique feature of Earth is the existence of life, and the most extraordinary feature of life is its diversity. Approximately 9 million types of plants, animals, protists and fungi inhabit the Earth. So, too, do 7 billion people. Two decades ago, at the first Earth Summit, the vast majority of the world’s nations declared that human actions were dismantling the Earth’s ecosystems, eliminating genes, species and biological traits at an alarming rate. This observation led to the question of how such loss of biological diversity will alter the functioning of ecosystems and their ability to provide society with the goods and services needed to prosper.
Cardinale, B.J.; Duffy, J.E.; Gonzalez, A.; Hooper, D.U.; Perrings, C.; Venail, P.; Narwani, A.; Mace, G.M.; Tilman, D.; Wardle, D.A.; Kinzig, A.P.; Daily, G.C.; Loreau, M.; Grace, J.B.; Larigauderie, A.; Srivastava, D.S.; Naeem, S. Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity. Nature (2012) 486 (7401) 59-67. [DOI: 10.1038/nature11148]
Published: 1 January 2012
Document Type: Journal Article
Theme: Climate and Environment
Authors: Gonzalez, A. Mace, G.M. Cardinale, B.J. Daily, G.C. Duffy, J.E. Grace, J.B. Hooper, D.U. Kinzig, A.P. Larigauderie, A. Loreau, M. Naeem, S. Narwani, A. Perrings, C. Srivastava, D.S. Tilman, D. Venail, P. Wardle, D.A.