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7: Conservation and Biodiversity

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    Learning Outcomes

    • Describe biodiversity
    • Explain how species evolve through natural selection
    • Identify benefits of biodiversity to humans
    • Explain the effects of habitat loss, exotic species, and hunting on biodiversity
    • Identify the early and predicted effects of climate change on biodiversity
    • Explain the legislative framework for conservation
    • Identify examples of the effects of habitat restoration

    Thumbnail image - Habitat destruction through deforestation, especially of tropical rainforests as seen in this satellite view of Amazon rainforests in Brazil, is a major cause of the current decline in biodiversity. (credit: modification of work by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, NASA Earth Observatory)

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