Learned in the news today that the star treatment given global warming issue has put the biodiversity crisis in the subordinate role of “country cousin.” Excerpt:

Carbon pollution carries potential economic costs of trillions of dollars as well as a hefty danger to life, and such concerns translate into political action. By comparison, biologists have a much harder sell in trying to persuade the public and, particularly, politicians why they should save a frog in a Latin American rain forest, end the decimation of Mediterranean sharks or protect mangroves in a poor South Asian country.

Amen to that. But there is momentum building for the biodiversity issue. The news story reports that the World Conservation Union (IUCN) (one of the major sponsors of Amphibian Ark) will convene a special meeting on biodiversity this weekend in France to “set up a worldwide network of expertise that, similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will issue updated reports on the planet’s biodiversity.” The IPCC was the instrument, along with Al Gore, that rightfully put climate change on the worldwide stage.

And let’s not forget that The Year of The Frog in 2008 will help fuel the biodiversity discussion momentum. Hopefully, soon, it will become easier to persuade people to save threatened amphibian species through the work of Amphibian Ark.

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