Here is an update to our popular post 5 Awesome Biodiversity Infographics, published almost two years ago. Biodiversity has (deservedly) been getting even more attention recently. To bring you up-to-date on the best and latest, our guest author, terrestrial ecologist Jesse Popp (profile below), kindly compiled this list of the top 10 biodiversity- and conservation-related infographics.
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1) The Losing World
By: Sajeev Kumarapuram (October 15, 2012)
The current biodiversity crisis could wipe out life as we know it. There has not been an extinction crisis this big since the dinosaurs disappeared. With the number of endangered species climbing drastically, humans are starting to see the effects on industry. In order to help with this imminent crisis, we need to work together now.
2) The Battle for Biodiversity
By: Mike Rossi
Climate change and the loss of biodiversity are today’s greatest challenges for humanity. It is predicted that we will lose 20-50% of all species within the next century, some before we have even discovered them. There are seventeen megadiverse countries that account for more than 70% of the world’s biological diversity. Conservation efforts need to be beefed up, especially in these regions.
3) The Elephant in the Room
By: World Wildlife Fund (undated)
Elephants are the largest living land animal on the planet and more than 12,000 of them are poached every year for their ivory tusks. With populations declining, Asian elephants are listed as endangered while African elephants are close behind.
4) Shark Finning
By: Save Our Seas (March 10, 2013)
As many as 73 million sharks are killed every year just for their fins. Hundreds of thousands of tons of sharks are caught by 7 countries alone. Top shark fin importers are Hong Kong and China. Although legislation is being passed and shark sanctuaries being made, we need to do much more to stop the massacre.
5) Endangered Species
By: Meredith Darlington (March 5, 2010)
More than 10,000 species are on the verge of extinction. Many plant species are also endangered with 140 species gone extinct in the last 500 years. Countries that hold great numbers of species are at a higher risk of losing them. Conservation should be a priority for these countries as there is great potential for improvement.
By: memuco (June 4 2012)
Gorillas were discovered in 1902, and now, just over a century later, are almost gone. There are only 782 gorillas left in the wild. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has developed a Great Ape Survival Project (GRASP) as gorillas are desperate for our help.
7) What’s Happening to Biodiversity?
By: The World Bank (August 31, 2012)
Overexploitation, habitat loss, and the introduction of invasive species are threatening the world’s biodiversity. The current extinction rate is 100x that what it was before humans evolved. Two species have gone extinct every day since 2010. Biodiversity is important to us as it provides the raw materials for our food, medicine and industries that support us. Although protected areas are growing and investments being made, we need to do more.
8) Loss of Biodiversity
By: Steven Kennedy
Plants and animals are threatened with extinction at alarming proportions. If the world’s temperature rises by more than 3.5ºC, 70% of species will face extinction. Biodiversity is critically important to us and we should all try to help with this crisis.
9) Philippine Hornbills
By: Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
Most hornbill species are at risk of extinction. Humans are their biggest threat due to logging, hunting, and nest poaching. Almost 1/5 of the world’s hornbills are found in the Phillipines.
10) Degradation of the Brazilian Rainforest
By: National Positions
The Amazon rainforest is part of the tropical forest that holds more than half of the world’s plants, animals, and insects. Deforestation threatens rainforests and the medicinal benefits we obtain from it. Protected land has more than doubled in the last 12 years.
About the author
Jesse Popp is a Ph.D. candidate at Laurentian University, Canada. She is a terrestrial ecologist working in the fields of restoration ecology, conservation, and wildlife management.
Jesse says, “I am an all around nature nut with a passion for field work. I advocate strongly for raising awareness to all things environmental. If we don’t know what is going on, how can we help change things to ensure we leave a better planet for our next generation?”
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