Ecosystem effects of biodiversity loss could rival impacts of climate change, pollution

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 15:30 in Earth & Climate

Loss of biodiversity appears to impact ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution and other major forms of environmental stress, according to a new study. There has been growing concern that the very high rates of modern extinctions -- due to habitat loss, overharvesting and other human-caused environmental changes -- could reduce nature's ability to provide goods and services like food, clean water and a stable climate.

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