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Biodiversity is the result of 3 billion 800 million years of evolution, and it is essential for the survival of mankind. In fact we depend on nature for many fundamental resources, among which food, building materials, heating, textile fibres and the active ingredients of medicinal products. Furthermore nature provides for other vital functions such as the pollination of plants, purification of the air, water and soil, etc. Today human activities are a severe threat for biodiversity, and they jeopardize the existence of numerous species. The destruction and fragmentation of the habitats, air, water and soil pollution, excessive fishing, the overexploitation of resources, forests and fields, the introduction of alien species and the emission of increasing amounts of gas with the greenhouse effect. that provoke climate changes, are only some of the causes of the loss of biodiversity.

subjects dealt with in Biodiversity

Biological diversity

The Earth is populated by an incredible number of different living creatures. The term that is used to define this…

Loss of biodiversity

The main cause of the loss of biodiversity can be attributed to the influence of human beings on the world’s…

Biodiversity and adaptation

Ecologists believe that every animal has its own “profession”, which consists in finding the perfect correspondence among the species and…

Biodiversity and camouflage

If a subject moves, the eye can see it helped by various elements that are correlated to the visual capacity…

Extinction is for good

Extinction is an evolutive process that leads to the disappearance of a species or a population. When a species becomes…

The value of biodiversity

Due to the growth in the human population, in production and consumption, over the last two centuries the natural ecosystems…

Let’s save biodiversity

With small daily actions also we can do something important to preserve biodiversity. Here is some advice: Don’t buy animals…

special reports

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    The numbers of nature: the Fibonacci sequence

    The Fibonacci Sequence has always attracted the attention of people since, as well as having special mathematical properties, other numbers…

    9 February 2016 / Life

    A naturalist's voyage around the world

    Charles Darwin was just 22 years old when he set sail on board HMS Beagle on 27 December 1831. Perhaps…

    25 January 2016 / Life

    Pulses: nutritious seeds for a sustainable future

    Lentils, chickpeas, beans, peas, grass peas, lupins, fava beans and other pulses will be the protagonists of 2016, proclaimed by…

  • 17 December 2015 / Life

    The perfection of the snail

    Geometry in nature Taking a walk in the woods or in the countryside, surrounded by trees, mountains, flowers and herbs,…

    26 October 2015 / Life

    Praising the meatball

    Let's learn to transform waste into resources How often have we opened the refrigerator to find a couple of eggs…

    14 July 2015 / Life

    Monsters are coming: cryptozoology

    What is cryptozoology? In the mid-1950s, the Belgian zoologist, Bernard Heuvelmans (1916-2001) coined the term  “cryptozoology”, from the Greek kryptos (hidden), zoion (animal)…

  • 30 June 2015 / Life

    Inventions come from mistakes

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    10 June 2015 / Life

    Crying wolf

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    27 May 2015 / Life

    Sometimes they return...

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  • 27 June 2016 / Life

    The numbers of nature: the Fibonacci sequence

    The Fibonacci Sequence has always attracted the attention of people since, as well as having special mathematical properties, other numbers…

    9 February 2016 / Life

    A naturalist's voyage around the world

    Charles Darwin was just 22 years old when he set sail on board HMS Beagle on 27 December 1831. Perhaps…

  • 25 January 2016 / Life

    Pulses: nutritious seeds for a sustainable future

    Lentils, chickpeas, beans, peas, grass peas, lupins, fava beans and other pulses will be the protagonists of 2016, proclaimed by…

    17 December 2015 / Life

    The perfection of the snail

    Geometry in nature Taking a walk in the woods or in the countryside, surrounded by trees, mountains, flowers and herbs,…

  • 26 October 2015 / Life

    Praising the meatball

    Let's learn to transform waste into resources How often have we opened the refrigerator to find a couple of eggs…

    14 July 2015 / Life

    Monsters are coming: cryptozoology

    What is cryptozoology? In the mid-1950s, the Belgian zoologist, Bernard Heuvelmans (1916-2001) coined the term  “cryptozoology”, from the Greek kryptos (hidden), zoion (animal)…

  • 30 June 2015 / Life

    Inventions come from mistakes

    What do matches and X-rays have in common? Apparently nothing, but instead they are both inventions which came about by…

    10 June 2015 / Life

    Crying wolf

    The legend of the werewolves We all know the legend of the werewolves, or men who during the nights of…

  • 27 May 2015 / Life

    Sometimes they return...

    Identity card of the wolf The wolf (Canis lupus) is a mammal of the Canidae family and has 13 sub-species,…

  • 27 June 2016 / Life

    The numbers of nature: the Fibonacci sequence

    The Fibonacci Sequence has always attracted the attention of people since, as well as having special mathematical properties, other numbers…

  • 9 February 2016 / Life

    A naturalist's voyage around the world

    Charles Darwin was just 22 years old when he set sail on board HMS Beagle on 27 December 1831. Perhaps…

  • 25 January 2016 / Life

    Pulses: nutritious seeds for a sustainable future

    Lentils, chickpeas, beans, peas, grass peas, lupins, fava beans and other pulses will be the protagonists of 2016, proclaimed by…

  • 17 December 2015 / Life

    The perfection of the snail

    Geometry in nature Taking a walk in the woods or in the countryside, surrounded by trees, mountains, flowers and herbs,…

  • 26 October 2015 / Life

    Praising the meatball

    Let's learn to transform waste into resources How often have we opened the refrigerator to find a couple of eggs…

  • 14 July 2015 / Life

    Monsters are coming: cryptozoology

    What is cryptozoology? In the mid-1950s, the Belgian zoologist, Bernard Heuvelmans (1916-2001) coined the term  “cryptozoology”, from the Greek kryptos (hidden), zoion (animal)…

  • 30 June 2015 / Life

    Inventions come from mistakes

    What do matches and X-rays have in common? Apparently nothing, but instead they are both inventions which came about by…

  • 10 June 2015 / Life

    Crying wolf

    The legend of the werewolves We all know the legend of the werewolves, or men who during the nights of…

  • 27 May 2015 / Life

    Sometimes they return...

    Identity card of the wolf The wolf (Canis lupus) is a mammal of the Canidae family and has 13 sub-species,…

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