Humans impacting biodiversity over 84% of Earth's surface

March 16, 2019 11:33 AM |


A March 13 blog published in an international journal on Biology namely ‘PLOS Biology’, writes that human impacts on species occur across 84% of the Earth’s surface.

The research was carried out by a team of scientists led by James Allan of University of Queensland.

The conclusion has arrived upon mapping the distribution of eight human activities — including hunting, road construction and conversion of natural habitats for activities such as expansion of agriculture and residential area.

5,457 threatened birds, mammals and amphibians were taken into consideration worldwide.

According to the research, roads are the biggest reason behind the situation.

Many of Indian hotspots like that of the Western Ghats, Himalaya and the Northeast are included in the same. India ranks 16th in such human impacts, also the total number of impacted species stand at 35 on average.

Turns out, Malaysia ranks first among the countries with the highest number of impacted species (125).

The average number of species impacted in the South Western Ghats rain forests is 60 and in the Himalayan subtropical forests, stands at 53.

One way to counter this encroachment in developing countries such as India, is building roads while considering wildlife. Developed countries however, cannot do much on these lines as much of the damage has already been done.

Image Credits – Reader's Digest

Any information taken from here should be credited to Skymet Weather


Weather Forecast

Other Latest Stories

Weather on Twitter
The Seven Sister States consisting of #ArunachalPradesh, #Assam, #Meghalaya, #Manipur, #Mizoram, #Nagaland and…
Saturday, May 25 19:30Reply
Dry weather is expected to prevail in #Delhi and NCR for the next 24 to 36 hours.The surface winds will now recede.…
Saturday, May 25 18:30Reply
#Rains to continue in many parts of #Kerala, coastal #Karnataka and South interior #Karnataka for the next 24 hours…
Saturday, May 25 18:00Reply
#Weather alert for #Telangana and #AndhraPradesh Spell of #rain and #thundershower with strong winds likely to aff…
Saturday, May 25 17:40Reply
Places like #Gulmarg, Anantnag, #Srinagar, Lahul and Spiti, #Manali, #Kullu, #Badrinath, #Kedarnath, Chamoli etc wo…
Saturday, May 25 17:00Reply
If greenhouse gas emissions are not put to check, by 2100, a sea level rise of 2 metres is expected with the displa…
Saturday, May 25 16:00Reply
RT @SkymetHindi: पंजाब, हरियाणा, दिल्ली और उत्तर प्रदेश में 1 मार्च से अब तक यानी प्री-मॉनसून सीजन में अब तक हुई बारिश की बात करें तो पंजाब…
Saturday, May 25 15:17Reply
RT @SkymetHindi: स्काइमेट के अनुसार 1 जून की बजाए 4 जून को मॉनसून केरल में दस्तक दे सकता है। #Heatwave #Monsoon
Saturday, May 25 15:17Reply
A fresh spell of #duststorm along with #thundershower will commence over #Punjab, #Haryana and North #Rajasthan by…
Saturday, May 25 15:00Reply
#Weather alert for #Jharkhand #Rain and #thundershower with strong winds (40-60 kmph) over multiple districts of Jh…
Saturday, May 25 14:02Reply

latest news

USAID Skymet Partnership

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try