In today’s Cons. Sci. session in week 7 of the course, we will be delving deeper into biodiversity change in the Anthropocene and the extinction crisis. We will be pondering the current threats to biodiversity on Planet Earth including:
- Habitat loss, fragmentation
- Invasive species
- Climate change
At the beginning of our session, we wanted to meditate briefly on the biodiversity crisis…
Human disturbance such as land-use change, overpopulation, climate change, and invasive species are putting unimaginable pressure on the world’s precious biodiversity. Currently the outlook is bleak and we might be facing the world’s 6th mass extinction if things continue as they are. But conservation scientists, like our very own Aidan Keane and Zac Baynham-herd, are devoting their lives to saving the world! – Well at least they are trying to figure out the answers to some of the scientific questions that we have about how to conserve biodiversity on Planet Earth.
Conservation Science has taught us the importance of not just understanding the biology, but also the social aspect of science. These two factors can’t be dealt with in isolation, looking at the whole picture will lead to a more biodiverse future. So maybe things aren’t quite so pessimistic as we first thought!
By Group 4 (as a part of our rapid blogging exercise)