Sunday, May 17, 2009

Key to biodiversity is preserving islands

While islands don't have as many species as the mainland, they have more rare plants and animals, making them 8.1-times (for vertebrates) to 9.5-times (for plants) as valuable. (New Scientist) This according to a combined study by the Universities of Bonn, and Eberswalde (Germany) and UC San Diego here in the States. The study authors hope to see "increased investment in conservation on tropical island biodiversity hotspots."

The French seem to understand this. You may recall France pledged
$20 million to help preserve Madagascar's unique biodiversity last year. Ninety-two percent of the island's reptiles don't exist anyplace else on Earth.

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