29 Jul '12, 5am

Scientists Invoke Noah's Ark in Call to Avert Biodiversity Collapse

Whether you believe in the historical accuracy of Noah's Ark or not, the story of animals being preserved in pairs to re-establish biodiversity after disaster proves that conservation of other species has concerned mankind for millenia. In the context of the biblical story, losing Noah's Ark implies the end of all species that populate the land. Averting Modern Biodiversity Collapse In a letter to the journal Nature , more than 200 scientists from around the world advocate action to avert "biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas ." They base their call on the largest and most representative sampling of data done to date, on a broad range of "biodiversity groups" for 60 protected areas across the world's tropical regions.Professor William Laurance, of James Cook University (Cairns, Australia) and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama) -- and c...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/what-if-noah...

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