Habitat loss?  What's the current status of the problem, how bad is it and what would happen in the future if nothing is done to fix it ? What would happen to the problem in the future if...

Habitat loss?  What's the current status of the problem, how bad is it and what would happen in the future if nothing is done to fix it ?

What would happen to the problem in the future if nothing is done to fix it ?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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While some of the loss of habitat might be natural, it seems that the largest loss of habitat is happening at the hands of human beings.  Logging companies that cut down scores of trees for their own uses are dislodging many species from their natural habitat, causing extreme chaos to their own biological conditions of existence.  The same human encroachment on the rainforest is another example of habitat loss, as the rainforest is home to millions of species of animals.  The urban sprawl which accompanies an increase in human population causes habitat loss for animals, as well.  For example, the city of Las Vegas sprawls out into the desert for its suburbs and living area, and this takes away habitat for the creatures who live where humans now do.  The implications for the future would be that plants and animals cannot coexist with humans, leading to species extinction for both and a more difficult time for humans, invariably leading to bad things for us, also.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is hard to say exactly how bad the problem of habitat loss is.  The amount of habitat loss for polar bears, for example, is much less than the amount of habitat loss for grizzly bears.  And, looking at the United States, the amount of habitat loss for grizzly bears in the "lower 48" states is much more than in Alaska.  So the amount of loss varies by species and by place.

If nothing is done about it, it is conceivable that all animals that cannot coexist with human beings could become extinct.  There would still be many animals.  There would be domesticated animals and there would be wild animals like birds that can live in places where people live.  But if habitat loss continues, many more wild species could become extinct (at least in the wild).

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versatilekamini | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Habitat is the place where an organism lives. Expanding human population is the major cause for habitat loss. With the scientific progress and technological development man started utilising natural resources at a much larger scale. Continuous increase in population caused an increasing demand for resources. This created a situation when the non renewable resources  may come to an end after some time.

In order to have maximum production, we have started even taking loans from the resources meant for future. That can not be paid back. There is global realisation about the urgent need to conserve the biological diversity. Destruction of biotic potential of land leads to desertification.

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