ON JUNE 30, 2009, THE BRI PROGRAM OFFICE WILL BE CLOSING DOWN TEMPORARILY. THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF BRI AND THE BRI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ARE WORKING TO REINSTATE STAFF AND WE HOPE TO BEGIN PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE DO NOT ANTICIPATE ANY CHANGES TO THE UPCOMING FALL 2009 BRI BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION LECTURE SERIES OR TO THE 2010 NORTHEAST NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE, SO PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
Why Are We Losing So Much Biodiversity?
Biodiversity losses can be attributed to the resource demands of our massive human population.
In modern times, the human population has increased from about 1 billion in 1900 to more than 6 billion today. Like other organisms, we use natural resources to survive, but we are far more resourceful and destructive to other life-forms than any species previously known. As the world's human population increases, all the organisms on Earth (including ourselves) must share the same limited resources (food, water, space), and there is less and less room for natural habitat as wilderness areas are developed for human habitation. Our population is growing at an alarming rate; 250,000 people are born everyday! For current population statistics visit the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Clocks.