This book on biodiversity  has provided an insight of the incredible diversity of life on Earth which is concentrated in a few ecosystems and locations.

It has also highlighted that despite the fact that we are still enjoying today a relatively bio-diverse world, the situation  is becoming more and more critical: Species are becoming extinct at alarming rates. By the year 2100, at the current rate, we are most likely to lose more than half of all the species which inhabit the planet today as a result of the combination of anthropic pressures of which climate change, overexploitation, deforestation and  pollution are the most of concern.

This book has also highlighted the fact that preserving biodiversity is a priority. Indeed, our quality of life and human populations stability is depending on a natural balance of species within ecosystems. If biodiversity continues to decline at the current rate, this will result in serious perturbations of ecosystems which will impact our agricultural and health systems. Furthermore, all our medicines rely on compounds extracted from species. The discovery of new remedies relies on  the survival of species from which we have so much more to discover and learn from. Talking about learning, new fields such as biomimetics are only starting to surface revealing how much we can still achieve by simply gaining inspiration from nature and the study of species.

However, the key message here is that  despite the tremendous amount of destruction and species extinctions which is occurring since the industrial  revolution. we are still living in a bio-diverse environment today.

As such, we can still do something to preserve the diversity of life on Earth and reverse the current trend, or to the least limit  or slow down the damages.

As highlighted in this book, meaningful and realistic actions can be taken at the individual, corporate and government level to preserve biodiversity for current and future generations.

Extinction is forever

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