E162Biodiversity - Biodiversity Narrowdef:

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Biodiversity Narrow def: Different types of species and the number of species  Broader def: Number of Living Species of All Organism Currently Known 1.4 million- currently known 31 million Number of Living plants Why should we care about biodiversity Direct ecosystem services Every organism does its part in the environment Tree catching air borne dirt Indirect “life support” services Wet lands the ability of the wet land to avoid pollution Are important to our existence but very hard to put a price tag on them Economic value Timber, crops, eco tourism, nature tourism in general (generates 12 million  dollars a year) Modern agriculture Food security IR-8, rice that feed millions of people Corn with out fungi Food production from wild stocks of fish Human health
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Medicine Wild plant that was converted into medicine  Almost 80% come from plant life keep biodiversity down to keep discovering medicine
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