Biodiversity at Risk

Chris Temelkos Writes About Biodiversity – Photo Courtesy of

Chris Temelkos - June 15, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

It looks like the world is not doing enough to save our biodiversity. 8 years ago, world leaders came together and pledged to reverse a large decline in biodiversity by 2010. However, a new report by the United Nations shows that losses keep adding up and conditions are getting worse.

Climate change, deforestation, pollution, overfishing and many other threats are the cause of the decline in a number of plant and animal species, Frogs and other amphibians are the hardest hit by the constant habitat disruptions. More species are getting closer to extinction and the number of vertebrate species fell close to a third between 1970 and 2006.

With the decline of many species, comes a boom in other species who have taken home in new areas. Canada Geese said to be on top of the list of environmentally disruptive species, pollute water with their feces to the point where it can become a health hazard. Another problem is the mountain pine beetle, that has destroyed 110,000 square kilometers of forest.

It seems as though, with these tough economic times, that biodiversity has been put on the back burner, maybe it’s time that we put it back on the table and give back to mother nature.


Toronto Star


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