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| P a g e 1 0 / 1 3 / 2 0 0 8 On the Extinction of Species (October 15, 2008) “Watching the Numbers and Charting the Losses — of Species,” by Verlyn Klinkenborg (Editorial Observer, Oct. 15), is precisely on the mark regarding the urgency and importance of today’s plant and animal extinction crisis. And Mr. Klinkenborg’s conclusion that an international effort similar to what is happening to address the current global financial crisis will be necessary to protect species prompts a question. What would it cost to stabilize our planet’s biological health by protecting species and their natural habitats? An estimated $13 billion a year would be enough to maintain and expand protected areas in the tropics, where the vast majority of plant and animals species are found. The most recent estimate of what we actually do spend on conservation a year is about $6 billion. Of that, most goes toward conservation in the United States and Europe, and only a fraction is spent to protect tropical forests. As we approve $700 billion to bail out failing banks, what is happening to financing for
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2011 for the course BIO 1A taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '09 term at Casper College.

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