10 Jan '12, 11am

Can biodiversity be accommodated in today's urban environment? - Comment - The Ecologist

Can biodiversity be accommodated in today's urban environment? - Comment - The Ecologist

A recent paper in the journal (TREE) also points out that urban areas are now expanding in a rapid and non linear way – a marked contrast to past new developments, which were slowly and incrementally added to urban outskirts. This is likely to mean that new developments, which are often considerable in size and in some cases towns in their own right, can rapidly reduce habitat availability and fragment that which is left within the urban landscape. 2010 was the International year of Biodiversity which has widely been hailed as a missed opportunity to reverse the trend of biodiversity loss, particularly by Western leaders. On the back of 2010, the ‘Decade on Biodiversity’ has been announced by the United Nations in a hope that targets can be reached this time. In trying to meet these targets new developments must start to incorporate a significant level of retained habitats...

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