What is biodiversity, and why does it matter?

Ocelot. Image: Wikimedia Commons.
Ocelot. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

“Why should I care about biodiversity?” This is a question posed by CSIRO scientists Steve Morton, Andy Sheppard and Mark Lonsdale in a recent Conversation article.

The authors outline what biodiversity is and why it’s important in terms of provision of clean air and clean water. Unfortunately, as we know, biodiversity is in decline, but at least a range of science projects (including genomics) are aiming to stop and eventually reverse biodiversity decline: we just need policy to support these aims.



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