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Biodiversity Conversations

01 April 2019

The twenty-first century is predicted to see a devastating loss of global biodiversity, both in overall wildlife populations and in the number of species they represent. We have become increasingly familiar with, or even inured to, images of polar bears on melting ice floes, turtles and albatrosses suffocated or starved by ingesting plastics, and orangutans fleeing as rainforests make way for palm oil plantations. Closer to home, the UK has witnessed alarming declines in populations of farmland birds, and hedgehog numbers have halved since 2000. The ‘windscreen test’, illustrating the disappearance of flying insects in one human lifetime, has been confirmed by scientific studies, with alarming potential consequences for pollination and many other ‘ecosystem services’.

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