31 Jul '11, 11am

How the Loss of Predators Could Devastate the Earth's Ecosystems @envirograffiti #wildlife #biodiversity

How the Loss of Predators Could Devastate the Earth's Ecosystems @envirograffiti #wildlife #biodiversity

We are in the beginning stages of a sixth mass extinction. The major difference between this extinction and the five previous extinction is the role humans play by removing the top consumers and large animals from our ecosystems. With the decline of large predators, the Earth’s ecosystems are undergoing massive modifications. According to a recently published report in the journal Science , the loss of these large predators is leading to an “enormous influence on the structure, function, and biodiversity of most natural ecosystems.” Photo: Phillie Casablanca This is causing a cascading effect, particularly when coupled by land use practices, climate change, habitat loss and pollution. Until recently, ecologists depended on islands to study the function of ecosystems. The complete lack of trees on Easter Island is a classic example of the effects of overexploitation on an i...

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