Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are the numerous and diverse benefits that people openly benefit from the natural surroundings and also from properly-functioning ecosystems. Such ecosystems contain, by way of instance, agroecosystems, forest ecosystems, grassland ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems working properly supplies such matters such as agricultural produce, lumber, and aquatic organisms including fishes and fishes. Together, these advantages have become called'ecosystem services', and are frequently essential to the provisioning of fresh drinking water, the decomposition of wastes, as well as also the natural pollination of plants and other crops. Supporting services comprise services like nutrient cycling, primary production, soil formation, habitat supply and pollination.

Habitat Conservation

Habitat conservation for wild species is among the most crucial problems facing the environment today - both in the sea and on land. As human populations increase, land usage grows, and wild species have smaller distances to call house. Over fifty percent of all Earth's terrestrial surface was changed because of human activity, leading to extreme deforestation, erosion and loss of topsoil, biodiversity loss, and even extinction. Species can't survive out their normal habitat with no human intervention, like the habitats within a zoo or aquarium, such as. Maintaining habitats is vital to maintaining biodiversity. Migratory species are especially vulnerable to habitat destruction since they have a tendency to occupy more than a natural habitat. Changing a natural habitat slightly may bring about a domino effect that hurts the whole ecosystem.

Supporting services

While scientists and environmentalists have discussed ecosystem solutions implicitly for a long time, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) from the early 2000s popularized this idea. Additionally, ecosystem services are grouped into four broad classes:
Supporting services
Provisioning

like the creation of water and food

Supporting services
Regulating

like the control of disease and climate

Supporting services
Encouraging

including nutrient cycles and oxygen generation

Supporting services
Ethnic

such as recreational and spiritual advantages

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National Animals from around the World

In this Guest post and infographic from Amy Lara, we take a look at 47 National Animals from Around the World. Some may surprise you.

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In this Guest post and infographic from Amy Lara, we take a look at 47 National Animals from Around the World. Some may surprise you.

The post National Animals from around the World appeared first on Kate on Conservation.

Every country and every nation has an natural affinity with animals. I’m sure we’re all very familiar with the dramatic symbolism and connection between the United States and the bald eagle, for example… but did you know the bald eagle is NOT the national animal of the USA? It’s actually the American bison (Bison bison)? In this Guest post and infographic from Amy Lara, we take a look at 47 National Animals from Around the World. Some may surprise you!

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Do you know which country has the lion (Panthera Leo)? See the infographic at the bottom of this post to find out whether you were right!

National Animals 

Earth is a pretty miraculous place. It’s just the right distance from our Sun to host a wide range of lifeforms. If it were farther away, we would freeze. If it were closer (like Venus or Mercury), it would be uninhabitable.

As far as we know, life exists nowhere else in our solar system. And life doesn’t just exist here; it’s exploded into millions of amazing species that live on land, in the water, and even in the air.

There are nearly 200 sovereign nations in the world today, and each one has chosen a National Animal that is representative of that respective nation’s habitats and biomes. Let’s look at just a few:

China

There are many interesting animal species in China, but perhaps none more famous than its national animal, the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda Melanoleuca). More commonly known as panda bear or simply panda, the giant panda is native to south central China. Giant pandas are primarily herbivores, with 99% of their diet consisting of bamboo shoots and leaves. 

Panda art by Kate on Conservation

India

Asian elephants and one-horned rhinos are native to India, but India’s national animal is a more ferocious predator – the Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris). Its roar can be heard up to 2 miles, making it one of Earth’s loudest creatures. Bengal tigers are commonly found in deep forests and swamplands, and – unlike other cat species – they are actually very powerful swimmers.

Zoo tigers by Kate on Conservation

Greece

Brown bear, Eurasian lynx, and western roe deer all roam the mountainous terrain of Greece, but none of these are the national animal. Would you believe that their national animal is an aquatic species? That’s right, the national animal of Greece is the Dolphin (Delphinus Delphis). Much of Greece is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, and dolphins have actually played a role in Greek culture for thousands of years.

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Ready to learn about more national animals? Check out this Carport Direct infographic.

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