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Biodiversity is the incredible, dizzying variety of life that surrounds us, including all of the earth’s plants, animals, their habitats, and the natural processes that they are a part of. It has become clear that biodiversity is the cornerstone of our existence on Earth. It is also important to conserve biodiversity for the sake of our own curiosity and aesthetic appreciation. Colorado’s mountains are spectacular, but what would they be without our splendid variety of wildlife and wildflowers? Colorado is full of biodiversity wonders, many of which are unique to our state. Medicines originating from wild species, including penicillin, aspirin, taxol, and quinine, have saved millions of lives and alleviated tremendous suffering. 40% of all prescriptions are for medicines that originated from plants and animals. No one knows how many more cures await discovery, hidden in Earth’s poorly studied species.
Journals related to Biodiversity conservation
Bioscience, Conservation Biology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, PLOS Biology, Society & Natural Resources, Forest Ecology and Management, Global Environmental Change-human and Policy Dimensions, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, Frontiers in Ecology and The Environment, Integrative and Comparative Biology.