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Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth

Via BioScience / The tapestry of life on Earth is unraveling as humans increasingly dominate and transform natural ecosystems. Scarce resources and dwindling time force conservationists to target their actions to stem the loss of biodiversity — a pragmatic approach, given the highly uneven distribution of species and threats (Soulé and Kohm 1989, Olson and Dinerstein 1998, Mace et al. 2000, Myers et al. 2000). Unfortunately, the ability to focus strategically is hindered by the absence of a global biodiversity map with sufficient biogeographic resolution to accurately reflect the complex distribution of the Earth’s natural communities.

GreenPolicy360 recognizes that humankind, in a new Anthropocene era, is exploring in an initial phase of discovery of life systems on Earth, terrestrial and oceans, in forest canopies and microbial soil, and atmospheric currents and conditions that are only now beginning to be studied over time with research from space earth science missions.

Many life enabling systems are only now being seen for what they are:

"A single kind of blue-green algae in the ocean ('Prochlorococcus') produces the oxygen in one of every five breaths we take"

~ The Fate of Small Species and the Oceans -- Sylvia Earle

'Tiny little ones' that go unseen and undiscovered, in every ecoregion and biosphere, are coming into view and, given the connectivity of life systems, science is beginning to sense and study how ecoregional life can be essential to global sustainability.

Phytoplankton, the multitude of tiny creatures throughout oceans, the basis of the ocean food chain and in danger of climate change effects, account for half of all photosynthetic activity on Earth... Phytoplankton are responsible for much of the oxygen present in the Earth’s atmosphere, half of the total amount produced by all plant life. Phytoplankton are the foundation of the oceanic food chain and they are the ocean food chain's weak link: "Tiny Ocean Plants Are Dying Off.

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Like most all of the microbial life that enriches soil and makes agriculture possible, the life in the sea goes unnoticed and for the greatest part goes unstudied as the impacts from anthropogenic activities escalate.

Soil Loss

Humans, homo sapiens on a Tree of Life, are only now beginning to discover and protect the extent of biodiversity in ecoregions.

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Ecoregions via Encyclopedia of Earth

Ecoregions & Extinction: Environments & Existence

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