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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All About Water: Guest post and infographic

Water is arguably the most valuable resource we have on Earth. It is vital for all manner of wildlife habitats, for climate-creating rainforests and, of course, many precious marine ecosystems. 70% of the Earth’s surface is water. Nonetheless, water wastage has serious conservation implications...

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Water is arguably the most valuable resource we have on Earth. It is vital for all manner of wildlife habitats, for climate-creating rainforests and, of course, many precious marine ecosystems. 70% of the Earth’s surface is water. Nonetheless, water wastage has serious conservation implications...

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Water is arguably the most valuable resource we have on Earth. It is vital for all manner of wildlife habitats, for climate-creating rainforests and, of course, many precious marine ecosystems. 70% of the Earth’s surface is water. Nonetheless, water wastage has serious conservation implications.

In this fascinating guest blog post from Katie Myers, we look at the importance of water and water quality with the help of an eye-catching infographic, which I’m very happy to share at the end of this post.

The Importance of water

Water is an amazing substance and such a fundamental part of our everyday lives that we often take it for granted; the number of ways it impacts our lives every day is impossible to fathom.

It is in everything around us and is crucial for our health, the planet and its wildlife; without water, our planet simply couldn’t survive.

We also couldn’t run our homes or produce lots of the food and drinks products that we enjoy such as bread, fruit and chocolate. 

Wastage and shortages

Although we use it every day, unfortunately water isn’t an infinite resource: 70% of the Earth’s surface is water, however only a small portion of this is available for human use.

Water scarcity means that there are many people around the world who cannot easily access water that is safe to drink. While there are 1.2 billion people who struggle to access clean water, in other parts of the world, water wastage is a huge issue; 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons more every day. 

For the sake of our planet, it’s important that we understand the value of water so we can be more mindful about how we use it. To show the true value of water, Kind Water have created this infographic that will teach you all kinds of things you never knew about water. Read on to learn more:

Katie Myers is a content writer for Kind Water, who supply, repair and install water softeners. On their behalf, Katie produces a range of online content relating to water that reflects their passion for providing quality water. In the past she has written on a wide range of topics including wildlife, the environment and most recently, the value of water as a global resource.

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