An uberly quick procrastination update!
I’ve been doing reports & assignments & readings & studying nonstop since the end of Thanksgiving break! Whew. Before waddling back to my studies for finals, an article I’d like to share with you.
According to this article on yesterday’s ScienceDaily page, a study has shown that a decrease in biodiversity, that is the variety of life found on Earth, is a hazard to human health. Many of the animal species being snuffed out are actually “buffers” for pathogens (disease-causing agents). For example, meaning that even though hypothetically if the human species remains resilient and survives, we will be more susceptible to getting sick. What’s even more interesting is that they’ve found that the species that tend to survive also increase the number of pathogens in their environment.
Yet another reason why research and funding in protecting and conserving our environment should be made more of a priority. I’m not a tree-hugging hippie, but the bizarre climate changes really concern. And also, working at the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Philly Water Dept. has definitely boosted my appreciation for the vast number of crazy and awesome animals and plants out there in the world, but are slowly disappearing and no one wants to learn about them.
But alas as Aniket says “we’re doomed.” Coming from an environmental science major, that’s quite terrifying. However, the degree of how doomed we are and the amount of time we have until that impending doom can still be changed however.
One of my favorite museum display for animal diversity at the American Museum of Natural History.
I don’t know how, but this garden is “celebrating” biodiversity according to Wiki haha.
Shoot me, I’m an optimist even in my deepest sarcasm.