Researchers in France estimate that invasive species have cost nearly $1.3 trillion dollars to the global economy since 1970, an average of $26.8 billion per year.
With morbid news that’s the favourite of the media, it’s nice to read about Diego the tortoise who was perhaps the proverbial Abraham to his species, since he fathered 40 per cent of them and prevented them from going extinct.
Though COVID-19 has wreaked havoc worldwide, a nature conservation advocate from Abu Dhabi has seen this catastrophe as an opportune time for something constructive and pragmatic, such as man reconnecting with and appreciating nature more than ever before.
WAM delegates viewed the bio-dome, which is made up of four levels, the Canopy, the Midstory, the Forest Floor and the Flooded Rainforest.
Though the Museum of the Future in Dubai may be one of the UAE’s latest technological and architectural marvels, it also epitomises the country’s diverse natural ecosystem, which boasts a vast range of local flora, fauna, terrestrial and marine wildlife.
The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) discovered 540 new species in 2021. According to ZSI officials, the new discoveries took the Indian faunal diversities to 1,03,258 species, accounting for 6.1% of the global faunal diversity. India stands 8th out of 17 mega bio-diverse countries in the world. The new species would be added to the repository of 92,037 faunal species surveyed in the ZSI’s 106-year-old history.