Tuesday, July 25, 2006
The threat of extinction is hanging over some 12% of mammals, 23% of birds and 32% of amphibians. "Virtually all aspects of biodiversity are in steep decline." [Bob Watson, chief scientist at the World Bank.
A group of scientists from 13 countries is trying again to raise awareness and encourage preventative meassures.
I am acutely aware of the difficulties that such a body will face. Apathy, scepticism and commercial interests being the stumbling blocks that occur to me. Brazil and Indonesia have shown little interest in joining discussions and, because of their huge rainforest biodiversities, their input would be crucial to have effect.
It is so sad to think that most of us will have seen species in our lifetimes that people in the following generations will never see alive due to extinctions.