Thomas Langrell, Mae Theint Htun Ni, Zae Sae, Livya Josephine, Kelvin Koots, Irene Wong, Larissa Blumenschein, Stella Chainho
Scenarios for Global Biodiversity in the 21st Century
Henrique M. Pereira et al. Science 330, 1496 (2010)
This article is a discussion about the prediction of biodiversity in the future. Extinction of species is expected to be inevitable in the future. The rate of extinction will be a lot larger in comparison to past rates. The lack of understanding of each species hinders us to save species from extinction. The decline in population abundance and change in community structure in the marine and terrestrial environments is one of the predictions. Overfishing and the modification of forest contents for rapid growth are two things negatively affect biodiversity. Habitat Loss and degradation is due to human invasion and the pursuit of resources. As climate change continues, its effects like the increase of temperatures are forcing shifts in destination of species in their environments.
Natur-Park Südgelände: Linking Conservation and Recreation in an Abandoned Railyard in Berlin
Ingo Kowarik, Andreas Langer Planning Group ÖkoCon & Planland
The article talks about an abandoned railyard in Berlin that is turned into a park. The rail yard was put to rest in 1952. Nature has taken over since then. Efforts were put against the idea of reviving the site to become a working railyard again. The preservation of the woodland is paramount. The nature park opened in 2000 and receives an estimate of 50,000 visitors.
Should we let the park be built or let nature take over?
Is the park a successful integration of nature & wildlife into the urban environment?
Educating the public to save the future environment would be more beneficial instead of just letting this site as it is. If this is what the park is for, then yes, I would consider the park as a success.