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Protecting biodiversity & ecosystems as important as climate change: IPBES chair

[PW Editor's note: This article reports remarks from the chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which is biodiversity's equivalent to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.]


OSLO (Reuters) - Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday.


“We are trying to ... put biodiversity and ecosystems on the same level - as an environmental, economic, social, security issue - as climate change,” Robert Watson told Reuters in a telephone interview.


http://www.reuters.com/article/us-environment-economy/save-the-dung-beetle-global-science-chief-says-biodiversity-vital-idUSKBN1CO2CI

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