World pledges more money to protect biodiversity
HYDERABAD (AFP) - Efforts to stem the worrying loss of Earth's dwindling natural resources received a boost on Saturday when a United Nations (UN) conference in India agreed to double biodiversity aid to poor countries.
But in a week that saw 400 plants and animals added to a "Red List" at risk of extinction, some observers said this was not enough to reverse the decline in species and habitats that humans depend on for food, shelter and livelihoods.
A quarter of the world's mammals, 13 per cent of birds, 41 per cent of amphibians and 33 per cent of reef-building corals are now at risk of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
"Efforts to conserve nature must be urgently scaled up if we want to meet the 2020 deadline to save all life on Earth," it said of the deal.