Habitat destruction, trade in animal parts and climate change are all to blame for the loss of biodiversity around the world.
It is problematic when local plants and animals become extinct, as they fulfil important ecological functions for the ecosystem. DW's latest content concerning biodiversity is collated below.
Top scientists from Hamburg leave their labs for bars and pubs all over the city to talk about the Big Bang, space travel, climate change, biodiversity and the deadly sex game of spiders, among dozens of other topics. The idea is to make science fun and accessible, and have a beer or two of course. DW's Diana Fong has this report about epi-genetics from a Hamburg bar.