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Stepping up to the Challenge of Global Biodiversity Loss
Ecosystems across the globe are in steep decline. Scientists estimate that two-thirds of all species could be on the brink of extinction by the end of this century as a result. Protecting biodiversity and ecosystems benefits the U.S. and the entire world:
American Leadership toward a Global Solution
The Pew Environment Group, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society and The World Wildlife Fund are calling on the U.S. to lead industrialized nations in funding a comprehensive global conservation strategy capable of protecting major terrestrial wilderness areas and critical areas of marine diversity. This will require making conservation a higher priority in foreign assistance budgets. And some funding could eventually come from new carbon markets set up to confront climate change—because deforestation releases more greenhouse gases than almost any other activity.
Scientists estimate we have only a decade to boost conservation efforts to address this crisis or we face irreversible losses. The U.S. and other governments must work to meet the challenge of this crisis today.
For more information, visit the Alliance for Global Conservation Web site.
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Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but the Pew Environment Group is part of the Alliance for Global Conservation which is working to protect the world's last natural areas and rapidly disappearing biodiversity.
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