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Nature. 2012 Jun 6;486(7401):59-67. doi: 10.1038/nature11148.

Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity.

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School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA. bradcard@umich.edu

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  • Nature. 2012 Sep 13;489(7415):326.

Abstract

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.

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22678280
DOI:
10.1038/nature11148
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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