12 Aug '12, 2pm

Biodiversity extinction crisis looms says renowned biologist [archive]

Biodiversity extinction crisis looms says renowned biologist [archive]

Since the 1970s tropical deforestation and loss of other important ecosystems has only increased despite increasing prominence and more funding for conservation efforts. Using that narrow definition, one could say that conservation has failed. Going forward, how can conservation efforts be improved and what can be done to protect biodiversity globally? Raven: The traditional approach to preserving biodiversity by conserving still holds because by protecting land in the face of knowing so little about most kinds organisms, you're preserving many more kinds of organisms than you could if you were just working with specific ones, like birds for instance. Protected areas are still probably the best and most comprehensive strategy. However the problem is that none of the three factors that I see as driving the demise of global biodiversity - namely global heating, alien invasiv...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2007/0312-interview_peter_raven....

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