The effect of recycling on biodiversity
Hello, I'm Janet and my topic is the effect of recycling on biodiversity. I believed that my research would show that the more you recycle, the greater the biodiversity because of fewer animals dying due to pollution, waste, and less plants and producers being used to make material things for humans if we recycled. My research and the journal articles I read showed me mixed reviews. In many places across the world like the UK and the United States showed that if the materials in landfills were recycled and the land restored by using bacteria to break down pollution, restore the land, and if they replanted native species, they could increase the biodiversity of certain species like birds in the UK that were on the endangered list, showing that recycling can indeed increase biodiversity. Also, another experiment done showed that recycling the material through compost and using it to fertilize the ground can also increase biodiversity in the grasslands where many species traveled to after many plants grew with the recycled compost and helped increase the biodiversity in the area. Not only did recycling have a major effect on the biodiversity on land, it also had a huge impact on biodiversity in the ocean. Recycling materials leading to the decrease of pollutants of the air, water and land led to less ocean acidification which could lead to the deaths of many animals that could not live in the toxicity. Recycling led to greater levels of biodiversity in the oceans. Many articles supported my belief that recycling would increase biodiversity except for one experiment I read about where the lack of recycling led to greater biodiversity as certain animals took advantage of the plastic in the oceans to have an entirely new food source that their stomachs could digest, separating these albatrosses from other albatrosses. From my research and the research of scientists, recycling does have an effect on biodiversity, but it can be a positive or negative correlation depending on the situation.
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