Biodiversity drops below suggested ‘safe’ threshold

About 58 percent of land on earth has dropped below the biodiversity safe limit, due largely to human land use practices, says a new study published Thursday in Science.

The study, conducted by Tim Newbold, a post-doctoral scientist and the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research at University College London, aimed to analyze the level of biodiversity on the planet, but its impacts reach further than ecology, affecting food production, personal well-being, and the money that ties it all together.

“The Newbold study is a huge step in our ability to quantify and to understand biodiversity,” Tom Oliver, associate professor of landscape ecology at the University of Reading in England, tells the Monitor. “The next step is trying to reduce the uncertainty about what the decline in biodiversity might mean for humans.” READ MORE.