Eastern Himalayan Region Species Treasure Trove

For the article of the week, I chose an article from ScienceDaily about the Eastern Himalayan Region. This article was all about the hundreds of new species being discovered there. From plants invertebrate, fish, and amphibians, to reptiles, birds, and mammals, the Eastern Himalayas has it all. However, this discovery also sheds light on the dire threats to the ecosystem. Due to mainly climate change, the Eastern Himalayan Region now depends on the government and whether or not they will choose to support the environment to protect these newly discovered species.

Personally, I found this article fascinating. The species discovered truly are incredible. From a “walking’ fish to a snake that resembles a piece of jewelry, it made me realize the intrinsic beauty of the world. This article also made me realize just how fragile and unprotected most natural beauties of this world are.

A specific quote referencing the report Hidden Himalayas: Asia’s Wonderland that was released on World Habitat Day, says “The report also underscores the dire threats facing the vibrant ecosystems across a region spanning Bhutan, north-east India, Nepal, north Myanmar and the southern parts of Tibet. The report found that as a consequence of development, only 25% of the original habitats in the region remain intact and hundreds of species that live in the Eastern Himalayas are considered globally threatened.” The number of habitats for species that have been destroyed some how is astounding.

The fact that this has been allowed to happen is even worse. So many new species – as yet undiscovered and already known – are being threatened or have already been wiped out all because we are unable to protect them. This article gives some examples of the species that have been newly found, saying “Some of the most striking discoveries include a vibrant blue dwarf ‘walking’ snakehead fish, which can breathe atmospheric air and survive on land for up to four days, although moving in a manner much clumsier than a slithering snake. The report details an unfortunate monkey whose upturned nose leads to a sneeze every time the rain falls, and a living gem — the bejeweled lance-headed pit viper, which could pass as a carefully crafted piece of jewellery.” These are such amazing, incredible animals, and if we as a whole do not strive to protect them, then eventually they will be wiped out for good.

In conclusion, there are so many wonderful, amazing beings in nature, so many gorgeous places and species, and without someone striving to protect them, they will be eradicated from this planet much sooner than they should. So think of the most beautiful place you’ve ever been, the cutest, most unique animal you’ve ever seen, or the most exquisite plant. Should it last forever? Or should it be decimated?

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