Biodiversity 'Hot Spots'

Ecologists identify nine new biodiversity 'hot spots' that are home to half the world's plant species.

The world's biodiversity, it seems, is in trouble. A new report compiled over four years by some 400 ecologists has identified nine new "hotspots" where animal and plant biodiversity is both high and imperiled. The 34 total hotspots identified since 2000 cover only 2.3 percent of the earth's surface but are home to three-quarters of the most threatened mammals, birds, and amphibians. Hotspots are "the environmental emergency rooms of our planet," said Russell Mittermeier, president of Conservation International and coeditor of the report, and they make conservation, if not easier, at least more focused. Conservationists and governments wondering where to invest their limited resources now have 34 excellent candidates, including newcomers in the mountains of central Asia, the Horn of Africa, and the entire nation of Japan.

Thanks to Grist Magazine

Full Story: Nine more crisis areas for biodiversity

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
City Plate table setting

New Arrival! City Plates

City downtown cores printed on gorgeous decorative collectible porcelain plates.
$50.00
Red necktie with map of Boston

Tie one on to celebrate your city

Choose from over 20 styles of neckties imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95