Biodiversity Is In Decline

I think everyone believes THAT at least. I recently was led to an article which was talking about biodiversity loss and the decline in concern for it in recent years in favor of global warming. I don't think it should be a competition (perhaps that was not what they intended either), and really, it's kinda scary if that is the case, because concern for global warming has seen a dramatic shift towards being a non-issue to anyone but denialists (look it up if you dont believe me). But I agree that it is an extremely important issue along with global warming (they go hand in hand after all). Here is the link to that article for all who are interested: http://tinyurl.com/8ywocqf

The article got me thinking about the work of conservation biologists (which i have never had a desire to be). They study endangered species and habitat destruction i'm pretty sure, but while they are studying all these dying species and habitats nothing is being done to save them (almost nothing, and what little is done is not going to make much of a difference compared to the extremely large and growing number of species which are still in decline). So...this all seems very tragic and unfortunate, no?  It is. That's the world today for you (if you haven't noticed).

Anyways, as I was reading this article I was thinking "I bet geneticists could do something about this" If we could create some kind of gene bank (like seed banks) then we could bring back these species (supposedly) in the future. And as it turns out, I was right (unsurprisingly lol), it's called conservation genetics, though I've not researched all that it entails.

Anyways, this thought reminded me of an article i had read before on the growing homogeneity of our food supply and the use for seed banks in the future which contained one point which stuck with me since I read it a year ago and which states, "Equally worthy of saving is the hard-earned wisdom of the world's farmers, generations of whom crafted the seeds and breeds we now so covet. Perhaps the most precious and endangered resource is the knowledge stored in farmers' minds."  Link: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/07/food-ark/siebert-text/1

So...we understand what is required for the loss in food biodiversity, my question is could we not also apply that to other species, such as animals which are going extinct and which are perhaps beneficial to us now or will be in the future? We would certainly need to understand the environmental requirements such species have evolved for, but perhaps if that was do-able then recreating such an environment artificially or relocating species into similar natural environments which are more stable would be tenable.

Anyways, that was just an idea I had...I guess if we don't manage to save many species and do manage to ruin life for generations to come, at least they will have learned from our mistakes (presumably) not to put all their eggs in one basket (along with a ****-ton other lessons).
shannonymous shannonymous
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May 18, 2012