Tag Archives: species richness

Some positive trends in documenting life on Earth

The world’s smallest vertebrate (Paedophryne amanuensis) was one of the new species described last year — out of an estimated 18,000. Recently, a student in my environmental legislation class approached me and asked a really good question: “Doesn’t teaching about … Continue reading

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Globalization is leading to greater biodiversity … in many regions, temporarily.

Most headlines about biodiversity follow the same storylines:  Species are going extinct at an incredible rate.   We are in the middle of the Earth’s sixth extinction event.  The number of endangered species keeps growing because of habitat loss and … Continue reading

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New species are found all the time, even in Europe.

How many species live on the planet today? No one knows. How many species live in Europe today? No one knows that either. You would think that in one of the most densely-populated regions of the world (and the home … Continue reading

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