Ecology, climate change and sixth extinction
Luis Herrera Mesa
The work describes as causes of the extinction of species, and the consequent loss of biodiversity in ecosystems, climate change, air, water, soil and ocean pollution; disasters and natural catastrophes; the fragmentation of ecosystems; the use of pesticides and fertilizers, illegal hunting; overfishing and invasion of exotic species, with health effects on the transmission of pathogens and zoonoses. More than 25 zoonotic diseases transmitted by pathogens to humans and animals (including COVID-19) are collected.
The author points out some proposals to mitigate the extinction of species, among them: the declaration of protected areas and spaces; the restoration of ecological corridors to avoid the isolation of populations; the creation of nature and seed conservation banks; botanical gardens and modern zoological research parks in which reproductive programs of ex situ conservation of endangered species are carried out so that they can be reintroduced into the natural environment; and programs for the protection of threatened, vulnerable or endangered species, such as the Program Life of the European Union.
Index of contents
Foreword by Casimiro Curbelo, President of the Island Council of La Gomera
1. Climate change and the sixth extinction.
3. The conservation of biodiversity.
4. Epilogue by Isidoro Sánchez García (Director of the Garajonay National Park, 1982-87)
Jose Miguel Viñas Rubio