Ecological Patterns: Critical Biodiversity

 

 

This video discusses the growing rate at which extinctions are occurring in all ecosystems across the world.  The name of the video (Critical Biodiversity) really drew me in; is there a critical point in which our ecosystems cannot sustain such extinctions, and begin to fall into rapid decline?  The connotations and connections with nonlinearity here show that if this is the case, small fluctuations on animal populations or even in the abiotic factors that govern these populations could result in dire consequences for biodiversity, which the video correctly notes as an area that every single world economy and livelihood is based on.  Will symmetry breaking in ecology result in a barren, lifeless earth?  Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

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