22 May '12, 12am

It is the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year the theme is Marine Biodiversity

It is the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year the theme is Marine Biodiversity

Oceanic Whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus); Credit: © Shutterstock For generations very few people bothered much about looking after the world around them. The general feeling was that since the world was full of a multitude of resources, they were just there, waiting to be taken. Nobody considered the fact that one day some of them might begin to run out. It was only when it was brought home to people that the world's oil supply was finite and that reserves could well run out within their own lifetimes, that they began to wakeup to the fact that perhaps they ought to be doing something about other world resources. In the mid to late 1980s governments eventually began to show interest and in November 1988 the United Nations convened an Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts on Biological Diversity. This led to a conference held in Nairobi in 1991 that culminated in the adop...

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