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Loss of biodiversity

Human lives and habitats are not the only things lost to disasters: the damage disasters inflict on the natural world must also be accounted for.

Extreme weather and climate change wreak havoc on the natural world. As precious biodiverse habitats such as coral reefs, tropical mangroves and Arctic tundra feel the heat, many species lose their habitats and attempt to adapt or move to new areas. In either case, survival is not guaranteed. Human activities that impact the environment also reduce our resilience to disasters. As we modify natural landscapes for land development and degrade them with pollution, we hinder important ecosystem services such as protection from natural hazards, the provision of natural resources and the support of biodiversity.