An estimated 14 million species of animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms populate the Earth. Do we really need all of them? For humans at least, living amidst a very wide diversity of organisms is important to our existence.
"Moorlands are important for biodiversity. There are many rare plants and animals that only thrive on the moors and can't be found elsewhere in the landscape." – André Deter, Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union
New scientific techniques are expanding our knowledge of terrestrial fauna in Antarctica. Kingdoms of tiny mites and bacteria might not have the penguin's charisma, but they take the prize for extreme survival.
Their destructive power sweeps away everything in their path – but what volcano eruptions leave behind is a fertile environment that bursts forth with life.
Environmental changes are posing a serious threat to production and nutritional value of our crops. Not taking action could have major global implications for food security and public health, a new study outlines.
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