Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity

@article{Cardinale2012BiodiversityLA,
  title={Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity},
  author={Bradley J. Cardinale and J. Emmett Duffy and Andrew Gonzalez and David U Hooper and Charles Perrings and Patrick A. Venail and Anita Narwani and Georgina M. Mace and David Tilman and David A. Wardle and Ann Kinzig and Gretchen C. Daily and Michel Loreau and J. Grace and Anne Larigauderie and Diane S. Srivastava and Shahid Naeem},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2012},
  volume={486},
  pages={59-67}
}
The most unique feature of Earth is the existence of life, and the most extraordinary feature of life is its diversity. Approximately 9 million types of plants, animals, protists and fungi inhabit the Earth. So, too, do 7 billion people. Two decades ago, at the first Earth Summit, the vast majority of the world’s nations declared that human actions were dismantling the Earth’s ecosystems, eliminating genes, species and biological traits at an alarming rate. This observation led to the question… 

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