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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…

Biodiversity and bioindicators

Ecologic research is more and more oriented towards an assessment of the quality of the environment and its resources. The…

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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    10 October 2022 / Life

    Spider lullaby

    There are spiders that weave a classic web, that one we all know, to catch prey. There are others who…

  • 19 September 2022 / Life

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    The Main Asteroid Belt is between Mars and Jupiter, an enormous ring consisting of millions of large and small rocks…

    24 May 2022 / Life

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    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warns: the extinction rate of amphibians is about 200 times greater than…

  • 8 March 2022 / Life

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    27 February 2022 / Life

    In search of the riders of icebergs

    International Polar Bear Day, set up by Polar Bears International, a non-profit organisation, was held on 27 February. The aim…

  • 12 February 2022 / Life

    A naturalist's voyage around the world

    12 February is Darwin Day, the annual event that falls on the birthday of Charles Darwin (born 12 February 1809),…

    18 December 2021 / Life

    The Christmas Star Tradition

    A plant that symbolises the Christmas season, decorating homes and shops and featured prominently by the florists and garden centres…

  • 15 September 2021 / Life

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    Can you be intelligent without a brain? The answer is "in a certain sense, yes" and this is demonstrated by…

  • 26 October 2022 / 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…

  • 10 October 2022 / Life

    Spider lullaby

    There are spiders that weave a classic web, that one we all know, to catch prey. There are others who…

  • 19 September 2022 / Life

    Double blow to dinosaurs

    The Main Asteroid Belt is between Mars and Jupiter, an enormous ring consisting of millions of large and small rocks…

  • 24 May 2022 / Life

    Amphibians in peril

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warns: the extinction rate of amphibians is about 200 times greater than…

  • 8 March 2022 / Life

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    DNA was first isolated by Friedrich Miescher, a Swiss biochemist in 1869. It was a brilliant, but not complicated operation:…

  • 27 February 2022 / Life

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    International Polar Bear Day, set up by Polar Bears International, a non-profit organisation, was held on 27 February. The aim…

  • 12 February 2022 / Life

    A naturalist's voyage around the world

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  • 18 December 2021 / Life

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  • 15 September 2021 / Life

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