Loss of biodiversity appears to affect ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution, and other major forms of environmental stress.
“Our results show that species extinction can have major impacts on the ecosystems upon which we all depend,” says co-author Andrew Gonzalez, an ecologist at McGill University. “We have shown that biodiversity loss matters, and that it will rank as one of the most important forms of global change for the 21st century.”
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