Freshwater - Freshwater Biodiversity

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How population effects the ability of aquatic ecosystems to support a natural variety of plants and animals and microorganisms and how the variety of life in rivers, lakes and streams effects people.

Type of Resource Article
Title Biodiversity in Freshwater Ecosystems
Author World Resources Institute
Affiliation World Resources Institute
Url http://www.wri.org/biodiv/b03-gbs.html
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract "Freshwaters are also home to a tremendous diversity of fish, amphibians, aquatic plants, invertebrates, and microorganisms. The Amazon River alone contains an estimated 3000 species of fish--only 25 percent less than the total number of mammals worldwide. And freshwater biodiversity is among the most poorly known on Earth. Scientists believe that Thailand may have as many as 1000 species of freshwater fish, but only some 475 have actually .."

Type of Resource Report Chapter
Title Ecosystems, Climate and the Global Environment
Author Robert Engelman and Pamela LeRoy
Affiliation Population Action International
Url http://www.cnie.org/pop/pai/water-23.html
Peer Review Independent Peer-Review Process
Abstract Part of a 1993 report called Sustaining Water: Population and the Future of Renewable Water Supplies by a U.S.-based advocacy group which addresses fresh water resources and their relationship to population, health and development. Strategies and regional examples are discussed.

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