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Human impacts on global freshwater fish biodiversity

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Science  19 Feb 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6531, pp. 835-838
DOI: 10.1126/science.abd3369

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No waters left untouched

We are increasingly aware of human impacts on biodiversity across our planet, especially in terrestrial and marine systems. We know less about fresh waters, including large rivers. Su et al. looked across such systems globally, focusing on several key measures of fish biodiversity. They found that half of all river systems have been heavily affected by human activities, with only very large tropical river basins receiving the lowest levels of change. Fragmentation and non-native species have also led to the homogenization of rivers, with many now containing similar species and fewer specialized lineages.

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