Mzansi Afrika

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

More on the Environment

The BBC online reports that many scientists believe that we are currently undergoing the sixth mass extinction to affect life on Earth. In 2003 the World Conservation Union's Red List said more than 12,000 species (out of 40,000 assessed) faced some extinction risk, including:
*one bird in eight
*13% of the world's flowering plants
*a quarter of all mammals.

Within 15 years, about a fifth of central Africa's forests will have gone, by one estimate. And the forests of Indonesia are in headlong retreat.


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