Biodiversity is essential for economic well-being. As Conservation Tools.org notes, “[a]griculture, forestry and fisheries products, stable natural hydrological cycles, fertile soils, a balanced climate and numerous other vital ecosystem services depend upon the conservation of biological diversity.” The World Health Organization says that biodiversity loss means that we are losing, before discovery, many of nature’s chemicals and genes, of the kind that have already provided humankind with enormous health benefits. Yet each year, extinctions go unheralded as if species are expendable and of no economic value whatsoever.
Fortunately, biodiversity protection is gaining more serious global attention. In 2010, signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a ten-year strategic plan with Continue reading