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Biodiversity

From microscopic algae to towering trees to all the living things in between, our world is a study in biodiversity. But all is not equal: The warmer the climate, the greater the diversity.

Species in an ecosystem depend on each other, so strength comes with diversity. Explore the causes of decreasing biodiversity and the consequences for all forms of life.

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Living Things: Biodiversity

Living Things: Biodiversity

Join Jessica and Stanley as they explore the Congo Exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. More than half the world’s plants and animals live in the African rain forest. That’s the epitome of biodiversity. More...

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PBS
A Conversation with Shahid Naeem, Biosustainability Scientist

A Conversation with Shahid Naeem, Biosustainability Scientist

To ecologist Shahid Naeem, biodiversity is the engine of our environment. He works to achieve "biosustainability," short for "biologically based sustainability." More...

Profile
The Atlantic
Amphibian Study Shows How Biodiversity Can Protect Against Disease

Amphibian Study Shows How Biodiversity Can Protect Against Disease

Take a look at research that shows that the more amphibian species that live in a pond, the better they're all protected against parasites and deformities. More...

Article
Science Daily
As Biodiversity Declines, Tropical Diseases Thrive

As Biodiversity Declines, Tropical Diseases Thrive

Discover how a decrease in biodiversity can lead to greater disease, especially in tropical ecosystems. More...

Article
NPR
Backbone of Biodiversity at Risk

Backbone of Biodiversity at Risk

Take a look at these marine vertebrate species who are threatened with extinction. If they disappear, biodiversity and the health of their ecosystems decline. More...

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Smithsonian
Biodiversity Survey

Biodiversity Survey

Survey your surroundings for its biodiversity of plants and animals. Be prepared to take copious notes because the more meticulous you are, the more accurate your sample. More...

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Science Buddies
Population 7 Billion: Biodiversity Game

Population 7 Billion: Biodiversity Game

There’s a whole lot of life on Earth. In fact, the more the better. Match each group of organisms with the number of species it’s known to contain. More...

Interactive
National Geographic
Predator-Prey Relationships and Rich Biodiversity

Predator-Prey Relationships and Rich Biodiversity

Thanks to making calculations with pen and paper, scientists solved the mystery of how predator-prey relationships can lead to more biodiversity in some ecosystems. More...

Article
ScienceDaily
The Importance of Biodiversity: The Loneliest Animals

The Importance of Biodiversity: The Loneliest Animals

Our biodiversity is the result of the past 3.5 billion years. But the human species is making an outsized impact on all others, and Earth loses 100 species every day. It’s up to us to save them. More...

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PBS
Underwater Eco-Adventure

Underwater Eco-Adventure

Discover why it's important to protect aquatic biodiversity and coral reef health with the SciGirls. More...

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SciGirls/PBS
What You Can Do

What You Can Do

You can make changes in many simple ways to stem the loss of biodiversity on Earth, from your food and water choices to how you celebrate your holidays. More...

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AMNH

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