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Convention on Biological Diversity Report

The bad news is that about one-fifth of animal species are at risk of extinction, according to a report released by governments and conservation groups that met in October for the Convention of Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan. The good news, according to an article summary of the report, is that the number of threatened species would be even higher if not for the success of conservation efforts. Unfortunately, given the recent global economic crisis conservation efforts have lately taken a back seat. Study leader, Mike Hoffman, stated, "It’s absolutely vital that governments tackle the biodiversity crisis with the same urgency as they have the financial crisis.” Learn more about biodiversity conservation in one of CPL's science databases. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]