Study warns of "imminent" global biodiversity collapse

Jul 27, 2018, 8:27 AM EDT
(Source: Justin Raycraft/flickr)
(Source: Justin Raycraft/flickr)

A major study by a team of international scientists has warned that a global biodiversity collapse is “imminent” unless urgent, decisive steps are taken to reverse an unabated species loss in the tropics, the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

A paper, named “The future of hyperdiverse tropical ecosystems,” states that all four of the tropical ecosystems - tropical forests, savannas, lakes and rivers, and coral reefs – are vulnerable to local and global stress factors such as climate change, pollution and land-use change, writes Daily Mail.

The devastation of the ecosystems that shelter nearly three-quarters of all species could eventually impact millions of people across the planet by upsetting rainfall, fishing activity and destroying coastal resources, notes Science Daily.