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Extinction Countdown

Extinction Countdown

News and research about endangered species from around the world

Cost to Prevent All Future Extinctions: $11 per Person?

A global effort to prevent all future species extinctions would cost about $80 billion a year, or $11.42 annually from every person on the planet, according to a study published last week in Science .The study, released in conjunction with eleventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) currently underway in Hyderabad, India, is intended to support goals and commitments to halting extinctions and preserving nature by the year 2020 that the world's governments have agreed to under the convention.More specifically, the study finds that lowering the extinction risk for all of the species that are currently known to be threatened would cost the first $4 billion per year.

October 16, 2012 — John R. Platt
Solenodon: ‘Extinct’ Venomous Mammal Rediscovered in Cuba after 10-Year Search

Solenodon: ‘Extinct’ Venomous Mammal Rediscovered in Cuba after 10-Year Search

A primitive, venomous mammal endemic to Cuba and once listed as extinct has been rediscovered after a decadelong quest. The shrewlike Cuban solenodon (Solenodon cubanus)—a “living fossil” that has not changed much in millions of years—was all but wiped out in the 19th century by deforestation and introduced species.

October 11, 2012 — John R. Platt

Italy Faces Invasion of American Killer Squirrels

Squirrels: So bushy-tailed, so ubiquitous—so deadly.We don't normally think of squirrels as killers, but North America's eastern gray squirrels ( Sciurus carolinensis ) have actually been called one of the worst invasive species on the planet.

October 5, 2012 — John R. Platt

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