The day of the announcement is not an accident. Every year it is made on or near May 23 to honor Linnaeus, the initiator of the modern system for naming plants and animals.
Almost 2 million species have been named and classified. Scientists estimate though that there are 10-12 million living species on our planet Earth, not included the unknown millions of microbes.
The goal of the mission of the scientists is huge. “We are calling for a NASA-like mission to discover 10 million species in the next 50 years. This would lead to discovering countless options for a more sustainable future while securing evidence of the origins of the biosphere,” Quentin Wheeler, founding director of the International Institute for Species Exploration at ASU, said.
The following book is a great introduction in what biodiversity is.
Biodiversity: An Introduction
- Authors: Kevin J. Gaston, John I. Spicer
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (February 13, 2004)
- 208 pages
This concise introductory text provides a complete overview of biodiversity – what it is, how it arose, its distribution, why it is important, human impact upon it, and what should be done to maintain it. Timely overview of the serious attempts made to quantify and describe biodiversity in a scientific way
Acts as an easy entry point into the primary literature. Provides real-world examples of key issues, including illustrations of major temporal and spatial patterns in biodiversity. Designed primarily with undergraduate students and course lecturers in mind, it will also be of interest to anyone who requires an overview of, and entry to, the vast literature on these topics.
Excellent source of information. Great for school or great to pick up for a better understanding of how life diversifies.