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'The secret' behind Earth’s biodiversity hotspots discovered by scientists

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The research suggests that biodiversity hotspots – such as the Daintree Rainforest in Australia and the Cloud Forests of Ecuador – are teeming with species because they have been ecologically stable for long periods of time, allowing evolution to forge ahead undisturbed.

The findings highlight the threat posed by climate change to some of the most extraordinary places on earth and the importance of giving nature the protection it needs to thrive, the authors of the study say.

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Ecologists have long sought to understand why some areas of the planet are extraordinarily rich in species. The research set out to find an answer by focusing on the Cape Floristic Region in South Africa, a non-tropical heartland of biodiversity with around ten times as many native plant species as the UK, squeezed into an area a little smaller than Belgium.

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“Plant richness, turnover and evolutionary diversity track gradients of stability and ecological opportunity in a megadiversity centre” is published in PNAS. The research was carried out by the University of York, the University of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela University, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Durham University and Kew Gardens.

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S: https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/scientists-discover-secret-behind-earths-biodiversity-hotspots/134556

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audrey horne

This reminds me of Akira Miyawaki's reforestation method. Basically it tries to recreate biodiversity by growing mini super dense forests. Recently several Europeans cities have adopted the method. 

FYI: https://atmos.earth/akira-miyawaki-reforestation-method-interview/
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/13/fast-growing-mini-forests-spring-up-in-europe-to-aid-climate

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4 hours ago, adterp said:

This reminds me of Akira Miyawaki's reforestation method. Basically it tries to recreate biodiversity by growing mini super dense forests. Recently several Europeans cities have adopted the method. 

FYI: https://atmos.earth/akira-miyawaki-reforestation-method-interview/
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/13/fast-growing-mini-forests-spring-up-in-europe-to-aid-climate

I actually made a thread about that method a while ago. It's indeed interesting and makes sense.

 

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audrey horne
20 minutes ago, FfFfFfFF said:

I actually made a thread about that method a while ago. It's indeed interesting and makes sense.

 

My bad, I missed it. I'm not online all the time, but catching your threads warms my heart so much. 

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5 hours ago, FfFfFfFF said:

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I want to go there :enigma: Beautiful

🥀 ℑ’𝔪 𝔦𝔫 𝔞 𝔯𝔢𝔟𝔢𝔩𝔩𝔦𝔬𝔫, 𝔞𝔫𝔡 ℑ’𝔪 𝔲𝔭 𝔞𝔤𝔞𝔦𝔫𝔰𝔱 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔱𝔯𝔲𝔱𝔥 🥀

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