Experts warn that half of all species could be extinct by end of century

A special conference dedicated to the topic of endangered species will take place tomorrow in the Vatican. According to a report that was released yesterday ahead of the international conference, one in every five species is currently facing extinction.
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A report that was published yesterday (Saturday) warns that many species are facing extinction. According to the report, about half of all species could be extinct by the end of the century if steps are not taken to save them. The report was published ahead of a conference that will be attended by the world’s leading climate scientists and biologists in the Vatican this week.

According to the report, one in five species is currently facing extinction. The report also stated that in another 100 years, this number could double and about half of all animals in the world will have become extinct or will be facing extinction.

“Rich western countries are now siphoning up the planet’s resources and destroying its ecosystems at an unprecedented rate,” said Paul Ehrlich, a biologist at Stanford University in California. “We want to build highways across the Serengeti to get more rare earth minerals for our cell phones. We grab all the fish from the sea, wreck the coral reefs and put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We have triggered a major extinction event. The question is: how do we stop it?”

The biologists who plan to attend the conference claim that while endangered species such as tigers and rhinos receive occasional news headlines, little attention is paid to other endangered species.

The conference will take place tomorrow. “We need to unravel the processes that led to the ills we are now facing,” said economist Sir Partha Dasgupta, one of the conference’s organizers.

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