Biodiversity just as powerful as climate change for healthy ecosystems


(Smithsonian) Biodiversity is proving to be one of humanity’s best defenses against extreme weather. In past experiments, diversity has fostered healthier, more productive ecosystems, like shoreline vegetation that guards against hurricanes. However, many experts doubted whether these experiments would hold up in the real world. A study in this week’s issue of Nature offers a decisive answer: biodiversity’s power in the wild surpasses experimental predictions, in some cases topping even effects of climate.