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Why conserve biodiversity?

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 by Douglas

Pavan Sukhdev, from the United Nations Environment Programme, estimates that the cost to the world of not preserving ecosystems and biodiversity could be between £1.2 and £2.8 trillion a year.

 

Biodiversity is a fundamental part of the Earth's life support system. It supports many basic natural services for humans, such as fresh water, fertile soil and clean air. Biodiversity helps pollinate our flowers and crops, clean up our waste and put food on the table.

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