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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…

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    17 May 2018 / Life

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    18 December 2017 / Life

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    7 November 2017 / Life

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    Telegraph, telephones, radio, television, cell phones, internet… Communications have played a leading role in the last century and continue to…

  • 17 July 2017 / Life

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    If when you hear the word printer you imagine a box that spits out two dimensional sheets of papers, you…

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    Animal architecture, both elegance and precision

    Homes, dams, artistic installations. We are often inclined to believe that humans are the only animals able to erect buildings…

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    From ancient Greek, μιμέομαι meaning “to imitate”, mimicry is a phenomenon whereby some species take on the appearance of another…

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