Biodiversity and Climate Change

The measure of the biodiversity of a region—the ability for numerous different species of plants and animals to coexist and thrive in a given environment—is the measure of its strength. The greater diversity a region enjoys, the more likely it is to be able to withstand shocks and pressures on resources, as well as to contain new species and discoveries previously unknown to scientists. By amplifying strains on resources, changing physical environments, and altering life cycles (among other impacts), climate change is poised to imperil both the species in the affected regions (leading to possible extinction if unchecked) and the potential for human benefit that arises out of these regions. As organisations such as UNESCO have recognised, biodiversity is not just a feature, but an integral aspect of the world’s natural heritage; its potential loss, therefore, has wide-reaching implications.

See also: Biospheres, Climate Change and Cultural Heritage

Further  Resources
The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species (
Scott Weidensaul, 2002)
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings (blog by Caspar Henderson)
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
UNEP Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
UNESCO World Heritage List in Danger

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