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Carsten Rahbek in front of a world map
Chris Heller for Science Stories

Biodiversity and mass extinction

We often hear about all the species of animals and plants that are disappearing. The UN talks about the sixth major mass death, but what is it about any species that is disappearing, and what does that mean for us.

What is the value of wild natural ecosystems, and what do they do for us? How much does it cost to lose the fresh air and clean water. Why is biodiversity important? Why should we just care if you keep a piece of rain forest on Borneo or burn down the Amazon?

Science journalist Jens Degett spoke to Professor Carsten Rahbek from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, GLOBE Institute about what biodiversity means to us and what we can do to preserve it (in Danish).

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