灭绝的时代

今年在德国举行的G8峰会与众不同的一点在于会议结束后的一个月里,人们仍然在议论着它是否取得了实质性的成果。但这次峰会的有一点突破不容否认:在众多关于经济增长和汇率的磋商中,一个新的统计数据出现在世界最富有国家的议事日程上:灭绝率。

世界最强大国家的领导人们第一次注意到了一个在很大程度上一直被他们忽视的群体—地球上除了人类以外的众多野生动物、鱼类和植物。

科学家们预言到这个世纪末世界上有至少三分之一到三分之二的物种会踏上灭绝之路。这主要是因为人类正毁坏着热带雨林和其他栖息地、在海洋里过度捕捞并改变着全球的气候。

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