Biodiversity isn’t just pretty: it future-proofs our world

By Elizabeth Boakes, a research associate at the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research at University College London. Edited by Sally Davies A small boy hauls enthusiastically on his fishing rod. The line flies up and a needle-spined fish strikes him in the eye. Desperate to stay outdoors, he ignores the pain, but his sight deteriorates over […]

What would the Earth be like if humans never existed

Around 4 millions year ago, the ancestors of humans and chimpanzees diverged, genetic evidence suggests. What, if the chimpanzee-human last common ancestor (see notes 1) would suddenly die before giving birth to any babies? What would the Earth be like if humans never existed? Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark demonstrated that the Earth without […]

The Sixth Major Extinction Event

In the past, there were five major extinction event (a widespread and rapid decrease in the biodiversity on Earth), and a lot of minor ones. Now, we are in the middle of the sixth one, called the “Holocene extinction event”. And the cause is… guess what? Humans. According to the WWF’s (World Wildlife Fund) new […]