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Cons Quiz Questions Lecture 1 What is the biodiversity crisis, and what is its primary cause? The biodiversity crisis is the rapid loss of species (at a rate equal to that of the extinction of dinosaurs during the Cretaceous era). There are many factors involved but it is mostly because of human interference with the natural world as we change the landscape in order to inhabit it. Give one definition of “conservation science”. An applied science that deals with maintaining earth's biodiversity. What are the goals of conservation science? -to document the full range of biodiversity on earth -to study human impact on species, genetic variations and ecosystems -to best learn how to prevent extinction, maintain genetic diversity and biological communities (ecosystem functions) What are the guiding principles of conservation science? -Evolution is the basic axiom that unites all of biology (The evolutionary play) -The ecological world is dynamic and largely unequilibrial (The ecological theatre) -Human presence must be included in conservation planning. (Humans must be in the play) What is a primary responsibility of natural resource managers? To manage species and ecosystems without affecting system stability, natural process or future yield. Provide two examples of conservation science in action i.e. products of conservation science -Re-introduction of wolves to Yellowstone national park (Apex predator) -Parks and protected areas Lecture 2 What is the IPCC, and what is its mission? The International Panel of Climate Change- to provide assessments on human impact on climate, risks from climate change and options for adapting to these changes and/or mitigating the effects.
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